920th Rescue Wing Highlights Cocoa Beach Air Show
By Space Coast Daily // September 23, 2012
VIDEO SPECIAL: 920th Rescue Wing
(VIDEO: Matthew Travis)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Ride, fall and swim along with the United States Air Force Reserve pararescue personnel as they jump out of an HC-130P/N Hercules aircraft and parachute into the ocean off Cocoa Beach, Florida to in a demonstration of search and rescue techniques.
Air Force Reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing were a highlight during the 2012 Cocoa Beach Air Show on September 22, 2012. The video was captured by a GoPro Hero 2 HD camera worn by one of the reservists during the jump.
The 920th Rescue Wing is one of the most called upon units in the Air Force Reserve. Wing members continually deploy in and around the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and other contingencies.
During the 920th Rescue Wing’s demonstration, spectators saw how the citizen Airmen of the 920th deploy into a combat zone, refuel two helicopters simultaneously while in flight, and how they respond to massive humanitarian efforts here at home when nature strikes. The demonstration included Pararescue Airmen utilizing the HH-60G Pave Hawk and the HC-130P/N Hercules.
The 920th Rescue Wing performs combat search and rescue as its primary mission, but is also responsible for civil search and rescue, humanitarian relief and support of rocket launches. To date, the unit has saved more than 3,000 lives.
Guardian Angel Airmen from the 920th RQW are among the most highly trained emergency trauma specialists in the U.S. military. They must maintain an emergency medical technician-paramedic qualification throughout their careers. With this medical and rescue expertise, along with their deployment capabilities, Guardian Angels are able to perform life-saving missions in the world’s most remote areas.
The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is a highly modified version of the Army Black Hawk helicopter which features an upgraded communications and navigation suite that includes integrated inertial navigation/global positioning/Doppler navigation systems, satellite communications, secure voice, and Have-Quick communications.
The HC-130P/N King fixed-wing aircraft provides an extended-range refueling capacity to the refueling-capable HH-60 helicopters. They also provide a platform to insert Guardian Angels and other special operators into areas where they can support ongoing operations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION about the 920th Rescue Wing log on to 920rqw.afrc.af.mil