Re: New photos of one of the new Area 51 security helicopters

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Message posted by Jason S on August 09, 2019 at 11:38:14 PST:

I wonder if the team at Groom Lake specified the requirements for these helicopters. The Air Force is in the process of upgrading their HH-60G fleet to the new HH-60W. If Groom Lake had aging 60G's, there must be a reason why they didn't wait for the new 60W and instead went with an Army conversion. The lack of the in-flight refueling probe is interesting; that must mean these helicopters don't get out much and have no need to extend their range. Also looks like the window weapon stations have been removed.

Given the need for rescue services to support flight testing, does anyone know if there are any Pararescue assets at Groom Lake? It is widely reported that these helicopters are for security purposes, which they obviously are used for that role daily. But there are many stories from Groom Lake's history of crashed aircraft, and the pilot being rescued by "medics" in a rescue helicopter. The HH-60G is almost exclusively used by pararescue forces, and there seems to be an obvious need for the specialized pararescuemen.

In Reply to: New photos of one of the new Area 51 security helicopters posted by Joerg (Webmaster) on August 08, 2019 at 20:28:21 PST:


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