BZ's SF Fleetweek '10 -- CSAR HH-60 PaveHawks

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Something different at this years' Fleet Week air show was the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter demo. The HH-60 Pave Hawk is a derivative of the UH-60 Black Hawk, and really looks pretty much the same on the outside. The big difference is on the inside - where the Pave Hawk has upgraded communications and navigation systems, automatic flight control system, forward looking infrared, and system upgrades to support all weather capability. Pave Hawks also have an in-flight refueling probe, extra fuel tanks, and a lifting hoist.
Nikon D300 w/ 150-500mm Sigma OS lens - Bernard Zee

The primary function of the Pave Hawk is Combat Search and Rescue of downed pilots. I believe the ANG 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Airfield is doing the demonstration.

The helicopters are naturally well suited for peacetime humanitarian relief, and rescue operations as well. In fact, Pave Hawks participated in rescuing thousands of stranded people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Here, the HH-60 prepare to drop off a couple of swimmers into the frigid waters of the bay.

Then it's off to let them soak for a bit!

The 2 helicopters turn and head back towards show center in front of the GGB. and white boat. I wonder who?? Just kidding. I know the answer.

An aft view.

As one helicopter cames back in for the pickup, the other helicopter is circling around, providing cover and protection. Highlighting the Combat part of the CSAR compared to normal SAR.

There's that great SF downtown backdrop to the HH-60.

Those pilots were banking their helicopters around quite aggresively, making these sharp turns. Looked really cool. If you weren't strapped in, you could slide right out!

The pickup from a different perspective.

Here are the 2 swimmers being hoisted on board.

A cool looking front view during a turn.

The requisite Coit tower shot.

A view of downtown with a bit of the Transamerica building.

More SF buildings in the profile shot of the HH-60.

The other helicopter follows a slightly different route and turns earlier.

As he banks, the rotor tip is pulling a bit of vapor.

Here's a shot with Sutro tower, where most of the off the air HDTV in the bay area is broadcast from.

Nice close profile view, with boat bits thrown in for ambiance.

A foggy GGB, sailboats, and ships' mast. Must be Fleetweek!

Heer's the requisite Alcatraz shot. Pretty as a poster!

Thanks for the show guys! And unlike the planes, I'm quite certain the helicopters DID fly under the bridge on their way out!

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