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US Army soldiers exit from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during an exercise. The soldier in the foreground is armed with an M60 machine gun

US Army soldiers exit from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during an exercise. The soldier in the foreground is armed with an M60 machine gun

LTJG Hugh O'Doherty, a Coast Guard helicopter pilot, plots an air support operation in the Tactical Air Control Center during joint services exercise Solid Shield '77. Assisting him are CPT Kenneth LaPlante and MSGT Feliciano Guzman, both of the Army's Special Forces

A Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 11 (HS-11) SH-3H Sea King helicopter hovers over the downed pilot of an A-7E Corsair II aircraft that crashed after being launched from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

The pilot and co-pilot of this HH-53H Sea Stallion helicopter both have an infrared radar screen to monitor. This new system is called the Pave Low project. LT. COL. Frank Pehr, left, is the chief test pilot for this project

Lieutenant Commander Gregory Netzorg, pilot, at the controls of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on the deck of the combat stores ship USS SAN JOSE (AFS 7)

Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael G. Jegland, a pilot, in the cockpit of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the combat stores ship USS SAN JOSE (AFS 7)

Lieutenant Commander Gregory Netzorg, left, a pilot, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1ST Class (AM1) Garland Hatley in the cockpit of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the combat stores ship USS SAN JOSE (AFS 7)

Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael G. Hegland, left, a pilot, and Aviation Structural Mechanic (Hydraulics) 2nd Class (AMH2) Gery Contreras in the cockpit of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the combat stores ship USS SAN JOSE (AFS 7)

A member of the delegation from China shakes hands with one of the pilots of the SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS) helicopter parked in the background on the guided missile cruiser USS FOX (CG-33)

A group of former Army aviators who are now Air Force pilots with the 1ST Helicopter Squadron, Military Airlift Command. From left to right, they are: 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) Archer Lassiter, 2LT Robert Mignard, 2LT John Hiemstra, 2LT William Fitzgerald and 2LT Hank Devoll

A group of former Army aviators who are now Air Force pilots with the 1ST Helicopter Squadron, Military Airlift Command. From left to right, they are: 2LT Archer Lassiter, 2LT William Hatfield, 2LT Charles Bavland, 2LT Robert Mignard, 2LT John Hienstra, 2LT William Fitzgerald and 2LT Hank Devoll

MAJ Larry Doege pilots a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter to the blazing MGM Grand Hotel to rescue hotel guests. Doege is a member of the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing

Army helicopter pilots and Marine infantry officers take notes during a briefing prior to an assault on combat town. Marines from Co. F, 2nd Bn., 1ST Marines, are taking part in the field exercise

Air Force CHIEF of STAFF GEN Lew Allen Jr. presents the Cheney Award of 1980 to Captains Kim F.P. Skrinak and Ronald W. Summers at the ceremony at the Pentagon. The captains were involved in an HH-1H Iroquois helicopter mission to rescue an injured glider pilot, who had crashed into a mountain on 24 January 1980

A San Bernardino sheriff's helicopter pilot approaches a medical center, in the background, for a landing. The pilot is airlifting "major aircraft accident victims" during an Air Force mass medical emergency training exercise being held at Norton Air Force Base, California

View of the pilot and instrument panel of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter in flight

While docked, the amphibious assault ship USS OKINAWA (LPH-3) has open house for the public. A member of the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262) assists a young Australian in putting on a pilot's helmet while he sits in a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. The 31st Marine Amphibious Unit is in Australia to participate in Kangaroo 4 (1981)

Silhouetted view of a pilot in the cockpit of an SH-3 Sea King while the helicopter sits on the runway prior to takeoff

Artwork: "Helicopter Pilot - Craig AFB, Alabama" Artist: Walter Richards

PH1 Chuck Dutkiewicz Pacific Ocean....The pilot and co-pilot man the controls in the cockpit of an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter during an anti-submarine warfare exercise. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

The pilot in the cockpit of a CH-3 helicopter wears Chemical Warfare Defense Equipment (CWDE) during a new generation equipment test

MAJ Ed Kroboth of the 704th Tactical Airlift Squadron establishes communications with a search and rescue helicopter, as he acts as a downed pilot during Exercise UREX '82

MAJ Ed Kroboth of the 704th Tactical Airlift Squadron uses a smoke bomb to signal a search and rescue helicopter to his position as he acts as a downed pilot during Exercise UREX '82

Navy seaman Rene Jones of Nashville makes entries in a student pilot's training record. Jones is the administrative assistant for the Safety and Naval Air Training and Operating Standardization (NATOPS) officers. She is assigned to Helicopter Training Squadron 18 (HT-18)

LT Lee O. McKinnon, instructor pilot with Helicopter Training Squadron 8, (left) watches a student go through the preflight procedures for a TH-57A Sea Ranger Helicopter

LT Lee O. McKinnon, instructor pilot with Helicopter Training Squadron 8, stands beside his TH-57A Sea Ranger Helicopter

SPECIALIST 4 Leslie J. Fellhoelter, one of three female crew chiefs assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Battalion, Company B, 25th Infantry Division, consults a map with CHIEF Warrent Officer 3 Robert A. Stroud, pilot of their UH-1 helicopter. They are taking part in their unit`s annual Army Training and Evaluation Program (ARTEP) at the US Army Pohakuloa Training Area

A member of the 1ST Bn., 35th Inf., 25th Inf. Div., moves toward "enemy' held positions after exiting a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during an annual training exercise. He is wearing the MILES (multiple integrated laser engagement system) and is armed with an M-16A1 rifle

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas W. Holden, left, commanding officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), prepares to undergo decontamination procedures with the aid of Corporal Marchezo during a combat readiness evaluation exercise. Corporal Marchezo is wearing nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) gear. Lieutenant Colonel Holden is exiting a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter

An Egyptian soldier kneels down so that an American soldier can use his field radio to direct helicopter pilots, as an air assault takes place during the joint Exercise Bright Star '83

An Egyptian soldier observes American soldiers communicating with helicopter pilots, as an air assault takes place during the joint Exercise Bright Star '83. The soldier in the background is armed with a Stinger anti-aircraft guided missile system

The pilot and co-pilot man the controls of a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter while transporting troops to the island during Operation URGENT FURY. (Substandard image)

A view of the co-pilot of a UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter that is being used to airlift supplies to US ships positioned off the coast of Lebanon. The ships are providing support to US Marines that have been assigned to Beirut as part of a multinational peacekeeping force

A view of the pilot of a UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter that is being used to airlift supplies to US ships positioned off the coast of Lebanon. The ships are providing support to US Marines that have been assigned to Beirut as part of a multinational peacekeeping force

Pilots, simulate medium-lift capabilities in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter synthetic flight training simulator

A pilot from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) sits in the cockpit of an RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during Operation INTENSE LOOK

A pilot from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) sits in the cockpit of an RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during Operation INTENSE LOOK

A pilot from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) sits in the cockpit of an RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during Operation INTENSE LOOK

A 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter pilot flies a mission during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85

An interior view of a helicopter cockpit with pilots preparing for takeoff. (SUBSTANDARD)

A UH-60 Blackhawk (Black Hawk) helicopter pilot from the 210th Combat Aviation Battalion asks local town representatives about supplies they need during relief efforts following the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano

Aviation Ordnanceman AIRMAN Perez of Helicopter Light Anti-submarine Squadron 84 (HSL-84) signals to the pilot of an SH-2F Seasprite helicopter during a tune-up of the helicopter's engines

Captain (CPT) Dave L. Collett, a 22nd Military Airlift Squadron pilot, goes over his preflight checklist inside the cockpit of a C-5A Galaxy aircraft. Collett will fly to Edmonton, Canada, to pick up elements of a Canadian helicopter squadron assigned to the Multinational Force and Observers. The C-5A will deliver the squadron to Tel Aviv, Israel

COL. Mike Zrymiak, base commander, greets CAPT. Peter A. Holzgang, a 22nd Military Airlift Squadron aircraft commander. Holzgang is piloting a 60th Military Airlift Wing C-5A Galaxy aircraft that is at the base to pick up elements of a Canadian helicopter squadron assigned to the Multinational Force and Observers. The C-5A will deliver the squadron to Tel Aviv, Israel

COL Edwin L. Harvey, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command, dabs blood from a cut which he received when his Grumman AA-1B aircraft crashed near Andrews Air Force Base. Harvey, who was piloting the plane, is being transported from the crash site in a 1ST Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Iroquois helicopter

COL Edwin L. Harvey, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command, retrieves his belongings as he prepares to leave the crash site of his Grumman AA-1B aircraft near Andrews Air Force Base. Harvey who was piloting the plane and sustained minor injuries, is being accompanied by members of the 1ST Helicopter Squadron

Members of the 1ST Helicopter Squadron and COL Edwin L. Harvey, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command, walk away from Harvey's Grumman AA-1B aircraft following a crash near Andrews Air Force Base. Harvey was piloting the plane when the accident occurred and sustained minor injuries

Members of the 1ST Helicopter Squadron assist COL Edwin L. Harvey, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command, as he salvages his belongings following the crash of his Grumman AA-1B aircraft near Andrews Air Force Base. Harvey was piloting the plane at the time of the accident and sustained minor injuries

Members of the 1ST Helicopter Squadron pilot a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter as they transport COL Edwin L. Harvey, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command, from the crash site of his Grumman AA-1B aircraft near Andrews Air Force Base. Harvey was piloting the plane at the time of the accident and sustained minor injuries

Members of the 1ST Helicopter Squadron stand by as COL Edwin L. Harvey, Headquarters, Tactical Air Command, salvages his belongings following the crash of his Grumman AA-1B aircraft near Andrews Air Force Base. Harvey was piloting the plane at the time of the accident and usstained minor injuries

The pilot and copilot man their stations in the cockpit of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter

The pilot and copilot man their stations in the cockpit of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter

The pilot and copilot check their instruments in the cockpit of a Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 2 (HS-2) SH-3H Sea King helicopter

The pilot and copilot of a helicopter make their approach to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). The carrier is en route to the Sea Fair Festival in Seattle

The pilot of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) talks with the communications tower as it lands at the Scout Sniper Instructor School

A flight deck crewman signals the pilot of an RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during flight operations on board the amphibious assault ship USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7)

CHIEF Warrant Officer (CWO4) Ralph J. Sabroe from the 1ST Battalion, 17th Air Cavalry Brigade, pilots his AH-1 Cobra helicopter towards the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

CHIEF Warrant Officer (CWO4) Ralph J. Sabroe from the 1ST Battalion, 17th Air Cavalry Brigade, pilots his AH-1 Cobra helicopter towards the Honduran artillery range at Camp Del Balomple during a mobilization of US Exercise Task Force DRAGON/GOLDEN PHEASANT. The task force, consisting of both the 82nd Airborne Division, was deployed by President Ronald Reagan to help discourage Nicaraguan forces from entering Honduras

An interior view of the cockpit of a helicopter as the pilot and photographer fly over the Potomac River

Four helicopter pilots from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 5 (HS-5) sit in their ready room for a briefing on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A pilot shows a youngster helicopter cockpit controls during Scout World/Armed Forces Day '88

A diver jumps from a Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 10 (HS-10) SH-3H Sea King helicopter during a Deep Water Environmental Survival Training (DWEST) class. Forty Navy, Marine Corps, and Army pilots and aircrew personnel are participating in the last DWEST class to be conducted by the Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Pacific Fleet

With his classmates looking on, a student at the Navy Rescue Swimmer School holds on tightly to a"downed pilot"as they are winched out of the pool during a helicopter extraction exercise. Those students who successfully complete the for-week course will become certified search and rescue swimmers

Location: Persian Gulf. Inside the cockpit of an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter, the pilot and co-pilot make final preparations for takeoff from the flight deck of the barge HERCULES during operations supporting Navy efforts to provide security for US-flagged shipping in the gulf

Lieutenant Anthony Kovac and Lieutenant Bill McCollum, the pilot and co-pilot, respectively, guide their Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin helicopter across a stretch of water during Exercise BRIM FROST '89. The helicopter is based at Air Station, Kodiak Island, Alaska

A member of the ground support crew signals to the pilot of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during exercise Team Spirit '89

A pair of T-2C Buckeye aircraft wait behind the blast deflector on the flight deck of the auxiliary aircraft landing training ship USS LEXINGTON (AVT-16) for their turns at the catapult during pilot carrier training. On the corner of the flight deck at upper right are parked a C-2A Greyhound aircraft and a Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin helicopter

The pilot of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter works with firefighters preparing to load patients onto the helicopter during a medical evacuation exercise, part of PACEX '89

An interior view of two pilots in the cockpit of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 16 (HC-16), flying over Pensacola Bay

Accompanied by an instructor, an undergraduate helicopter training student pilots his UH-1U Iroquois helicopter during a training flight near Fort Rucker. As the center of Army aviation, Fort Rucker produces hundreds of aviation course graduates each year. While the majority of these students are soldiers, approximately 50 are Air Force personnel

The pilot of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter observes the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier HOEGH GANDRIA underway in the gulf during Operation Desert Shield

CHIEF Warrant Officer 2 James Burk, left, a UH-60A Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter pilot with Co. A, 1ST Bn., 228th Aviation Regt., talks with Air Force MASTER SGT. Herb Cintron during operations in support of Operation Just Cause. Cintron is a combat photographer with Detachment 5, 1361st Audiovisual Squadron

CAPT John D. Moulton, a member of the helicopter detachment assigned to the Canadian frigate HMCS MARGAREE (DDH-230), talks with the pilot of an incoming helicopter from the ship's flight deck control station during Fleet Ex 1-90

A QF-4B Phantom II remotely piloted drone aircraft is towed out of a hangar. The harness in place around the aircraft will allow a helicopter to lift and transport the aircraft

A plane director on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) signals to the pilot of an AV-88 Harrier aircraft attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Two student pilots watch as a fellow Training Wing 5 (TAW-5) pilot brings a TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopter in for a landing on the flight deck of the helicopter landing trainer IX-514. The trainer, a converted harbor utility craft, is based at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida

ADM Leon A. Edney, left, commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Command, and MGEN Richard D. Hearney, center commanding general, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW), talk with a Marine helicopter pilot before his unit's departure to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield

A pilot of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter observes the liquid natural gas carrier Hoegh Gandria underway in the gulf during Operation Desert Shield

The pilot of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter watches the guided missile destroyer USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG-20), underway during Operation Desert Shield

An air traffic controller communicates with the pilot of a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as it takes off from the flight deck of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The COMFORT is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A pilot and co-pilot of a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter run through a preflight cockpit check during Operation Desert Shield

The pilot of a 45th Medical Company UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter converses with personnel on the flight deck of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) before lifting off with a simulated casualty during a drill in support of Operation Desert Shield

The pilot of a Marine Corps AH-1 Sea Cobra helicopter talks to a visiting Navy officer sitting in the helicopter's rear seat during Operation Desert Storm

The pilot of a Marine Corps AH-1 Sea Cobra helicopter talks to a visiting Navy officer sitting in the helicopter's rear seat during Operation Desert Storm

Smoke from a fire marks the landing site for a Soviet-made Mi-8 helicopter which will be arriving with representatives from the Joint Casualty Recovery Center. The representatives are arriving at the site, which is located on Dong Nua Mountain, Quang Binh Province, to work in conjunction with members of a joint U.S./Vietnamese anthropological team searching for remains of an American pilot whose A-7 Corsair II aircraft crashed on the mountainside during the war in Vietnam.

MAJ Richard C. Prien, pilot, and CPT John F. Hozey, co-pilot, review data in the cockpit of their 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter. The HH-3E is being relocated to the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force, Arizona in preparation for the 71st ARS deactiviated on June 1, 1991. The 210th Air Rescue Squadron, Air National Guard, will take over the 71st ARS Alaskan rescue missions

CPT John G. Worman, co-pilot, flies a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on a supply delivery mission. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

SSGT Richard M. Sweat, 616th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, communicates by intercom with the pilot of a 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter. Helicopters from the 71st ARS are being relocated in preparation for the squadron's deactivation on June 1, 1991. The 210th Air Rescue Squadron, Air National Guard, will take over Alaskan rescue missions

CPT John F. Hozey, co-pilot, 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS), inspects an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter prior to a flight. The helicopter is one of two squadron HH-3Es being relocated in preparation for the 71st ARS deactivation on June 1, 1991. The 210th Air Rescue Squadron, Air National Guard, will take over Alaskan rescue missions

CPT John G. Worman, co-pilot, flies a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter on a supply delivery mission. The material will be delivered to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort, an Allied effort to aid the refugees who fled from the forces of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq

The pilot and co-pilot of a 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter prepare for take off on the final stage of the HH-3E's journey to the for the final stage of its trip to the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Another of the squadron's HH-3Es is remaining at Kirtland. The helicopters are being relocated in preparation for the squadron's deactivation on June 1, 1991. The 210th Air Rescue Squadron, Air National Guard, will take over Alaskan rescue missions

A pilot handles the cyclic pitch control column in the cockpit of a 71st Air Rescue Squadron (71st ARS) HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter. The helicopter is one of two squadron HH-3Es from the 71st ARS being relocated in preparation for the squadron's deactivation on June 1, 1991. The 210th Air Rescue Squadron, Air National Guard, will take over Alaskan rescue missions

MAJ Richard C. Prien, pilot, 71st Air Rescue Squadron, flies an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter, one of two squadron HH-3Es being relocated in preparation for the 71st ARS deactivation on June 1ST, 1991. The 210th Air Rescue Squadron, Air National Guard, will take over the 71st ARS Alaskan rescue missions

An SH-3H Sea King helicopter pilot goes through his pre-flight checklist with his copilot prior to flying out to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). The helicopter will be delivering new crew members and mail to the ship in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm

CPT Wayne Miller, a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter pilot with Marine Utility/Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HML/A-169), speaks with local residents upon his arrival during Operation Sea Angel, a U.S. military effort to provide disaster relief to victims of a cyclone which devastated Bangladesh on April 30th.

PETTY Officer 2nd Class Reginald S. Rowe, a Navy air traffic controller, talks with the pilot of a military helicopter operating in the vicinity of the humanitarian services support base set up for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid the refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

CAPT. Wayne Miller, a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter pilot with Marine Utility/Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HML/A-169), speaks with local residents upon his arrival during Operation Sea Angel, a U.S. military effort to provide disaster relief to victims of a cyclone which devastated Bangladesh on April 30th.

A Bangladesh army officer looks out the door of a UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter as he directs its U.S. Army pilot toward a landing site. The helicopter is delivering supplies during Operation Sea Angel, a U.S. military effort to aid victims of a cyclone which struck the area on April 30th

A helicopter pilot from Marine Utility/Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HML/A-367) talks with a visitor at the 1991 Paris Air Show