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First inspections of the new HH-60W military helicopters

US Air Force starts first routine maintenance on rescue aircraft

United States Air Force announced that the 41st Rescue Generation Squadron has started the first inspection of Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters for routine maintenance. The aircraft, after reaching the first 720 hours of flight time, will remain for approximately 42 days in the workshop at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.

This is the first inspection performed on an aircraft of this type since it entered service. Mechanics and engineers will evaluate how the HH-60W has performed after its first year of service. "It's a new aircraft so there have been a lot of conversations with Sikorsky representatives and engineers. It's a very extensive and thorough process compared to normal inspections", said US 41st Regiment maintenance manager Sgt. Maj. Nick Russell

The helicopter is specifically designed to conduct Search and Rescue (SAR) missions, both day and night, in hostile environments during the combat phases of a war. The aircraft can be used for a variety of operations, including civil search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, humanitarian assistance, aviation security cooperation, space flight support, and command and control.

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