Two weeks ago, I returned from leading a 4-man Air Force training team to Colombia to teach high angle rescue techniques to Colombian Air Force helicopter crews and para-rescue personnel. This is Part 6 of the chronicles of my adventurous trip to Colombia…
We finally got to do some flying today! The UH-60L Blackhawk we were promised showed up last night and we got to do some flying today. After our Urban Rescue Training yesterday, I was basically told that the helicopter portion of training this week will only be in support of the Rescatistas (para-rescue jumpers) and no aircrew-only training was on the schedule. I was kind of bummed at first because I was looking forward to developing scenarios, practicing missions, and teaching techniques. However, once I realized I would only be observing the rest of the time, I decided to make the best of it. So I busted out my camera and started taking pictures. I have a feeling I’ll end up being our class photographer by the time this is over.
We started off with free fall skydiving.
While I have some experience with skydiving from airplanes, I had never seen it from a helicopter until today. We were able to do multiple jumps, so I had the opportunity to take pictures both in the air and on the ground. Here are a few of the shots I took:
Definitely a unique opportunity today. More helicopter ops tomorrow! Stay tuned!
1. A Night in Orlando – Colombia Chronicles
2. Arriving in Bogota - Colombia Chronicles
3. SECDEF, the FARC, and Palanquero - Colombia Chronicles
4. Helicopter Academics - Colombia Chronicles
5. Urban Rescue Ops – Colombia Chronicles