The helo, named the Jolly Green II by the Air Force in February, connected with a HC-130J tanker for a successful refueling approximately 3,000 feet above the ground. The 413th Flight Test Squadron and its mission partners will continue developmental testing of the aircraft's aerial refueling capabilities, which will be conducted both in daylight hours and at night with night-vision goggles.
＇This capability is essential for the CSAR mission since it greatly extends the operating range of the aircraft and thus allows the unit to extend their rescue capabilities over a larger battlespace,＇ said Joe Whiteaker, 413th FLTS Combat Rescue Helicopter flight chief. ＇Our job is to evaluate how difficult aerial refueling will be for operational pilots and to identify any unforeseen hazards due to the unique configuration of the HH-60W.＇
US military slang term for a helicopter.
Combat search and rescue.
CSAR are search and rescue operations that are carried out during war that are within or near combat zones.