The USAF's newest combat search-and-rescue helicopter, the HH-60W Jolly Green II, hit another milestone on Aug. 5, 2020, as it began two weeks of developmental tests on its aerial refueling abilities at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
The rescue helicopter, based on the Army's UH-60M Black Hawk and designed for locating and rescuing pilots who have gone down in hostile territory, has already undergone radar, weather and defensive system testing. The aircrew and engineers will evaluate the helicopter's connection with the fuel drogue and its handling qualities during refueling. The Air Force has a contract to purchase 113 of the HH-60W helicopters to replace its HH-60G Pave Hawks.
A type of aircraft that derives both lift and propulsion from one or two of horizontally revolving overhead rotors.
A funnel-shaped attachment at the end of a hose suspended from a tanker airplane in flight.
A single hose-and-drogue can transfer between 1,500 and 2,000 lbs of fuel per minute.