Dahawaiian From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 229 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3094 times:
A recent rescue operation conducted by the USAF several hundred miles out into the Atlantic highlighted the capabilities of land-based units to effect a rescue far out at sea. The question I have is how far out to sea can the USAF operate helicopters provided that aerial refueling assets are present? Click the link below for a an interesting read.
SASD209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 642 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3091 times:
I would imagine that the limiting factor in your scenario would be the crew. Should a relay of tanker A/C be present as in that case, the ability of the crew to remain effective would be the ultimate question. I don't know that a time limitation on the airframe (HH-60G) to operate for a single mission exists.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30026 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3060 times:
The USCG had to get the AKANG 210th rescue to fly the Cougar Ace rescue a couple of years ago because they aren't air-to-air equipted.
Part of me wishes the USCG would gain that capability but it would be expense and lead to a heavy bird, which is why the USAF crashed that one on Mt Ranier a couple of years back but the Army Guard had no problem because their birds where lighter and didn't have to work so hard.
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