U.S. Air Force receives first rebuilt Army’s UH-60L helicopter

The U.S. Air Force has received the first Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, which in turn is a rebuilt low-hour U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk.

Еhe first 210th RQS Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk was delivered by Alaska Air National Guard Maj. Paul Rauenhorst and Capt. Seth Peterson pilots on Aug. 5, 2019, to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The HH-60 is the Department of Defense’s sole combat-search-and-rescue helicopter. The OLR program will restore the Pave Hawk fleet to its authorized size, replacing aircraft lost in nearly 18 years of deployed combat operations since 9/11, including the tragic loss of a 210th RQS helicopter and all seven onboard in Iraq March 15, 2018.

Rauenhorst said the OLR HH-60s are based on recapitalized, low-hour U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawks.

“It’s a much younger airframe,” he said. “These airframes are from 2001 to 2004 models, where ours sitting on the ramp are 1992 models. These are Army Limas rebuilt to be Golf models.”

Chief Master Sgt. Eric Chester, 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent, said the OLR HH-60Gs will buttress the fleet until fielding of a the all-new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which won’t be fielded in the 210th RQS until at least 2027.

Chester said the OLRs are slightly different compared to earlier Pave Hawks because some of the helicopter’s systems are no longer made. For instance, the legacy analog intercoms system was replaced by a wireless digital version, and a newer higher-resolution display was installed for the weather radar.

Chief Master Sgt. Robert Carte, 176th Operations Group superintendent, said he expects improved flight performance from the OLRs due to lower hours and the removal of hundreds of pounds of redundant wiring from the airframe.

Rauenhorst said he noticed the performance gain almost immediately.

“It’s a nice aircraft,” the pilot said. “It flies very smooth. You can definitely tell it’s …read more

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