Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Jolly Green II tests with by Samuel King

An HH-60W Jolly Green II taxies in followed by an AH-64 Apache May 19 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Air Force and Army aircraft (respectively) completed a joint test of the HH-60W systems leveraging the unique configuration of the Apache to provide capabilities normally not available at Eglin AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Interesting.  I would have thought that the natural pairing would have been with either A-10's, F-16's or perhaps even a few Super Hornets.  Testing with the Apache makes me wonder if the idea of rescuing pilots deep has gone by the wayside.

The Jolly Green II will probably serve well in its intended role and its not a slam against the helicopter but it does have short legs.  Apparently the CV-22 will be tasked with deep rescue.

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