Flightline Friday EXTRA! “Operation Black Dart” September 2, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
Operation Black Dart featured live fire training of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters of helicopter maritime strike squadron HSM-75 from NAS North Island, San Diego. The training involved something I’ve never seen before, air-to-air gunnery between Seahawk door gunners and UAV targets. Looks like two were shot down below. Maybe Blaine, who flies the MH-60S model, can provide some commentary. For those who don’t know, the MH-60R replaces the previous SH-60B and SH-60F helos in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), sea control and special ops roles. The MH-60S flies vertical replenishment (VERTREP), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), combat search and rescue (CSAR), and ASuW, and mine countermeasures (MCM). The MH-60S is unofficially known as the “Knighthawk.”
Again, the is the maritime strike “R” version below. Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Antonio Turretto Ramos | Navy Public Affairs Support Element West | Date: 08.06.2015
See how squeaky wheels get the grease! You just keep it up, Woody. I’ll have you so tired of Flightline Friday you’ll be begging for some endless SSPX fights.
Actually, when I watched this on my phone last night with a tiny screen it looked a lot more dramatic than it did in high def on a large monitor. It looked a bit lame. I was reminded of WWI biplanes with a rear gunner on a flexible mount. Pretty much the same speed range as WWI fighters, too (slow). Shooting down a maneuvering target with a pintle-mounted gun being next to impossible (all those WWII movies you’ve seen of B-17 waist gunners shooting down Me109s or FW190s……..rarely, if ever, happened. Pintle mounted guns are not known for their terrific accuracy, especially against swiftly moving targets. So it was actually a pretty good bit of marksmanship to shoot down that small drone conveniently flying directly abreast the helo at the same speed and maybe 100 yds away.
Here’s Blaine’s bird doing what it does a lot of the time, if the military coverage is any indicator. It may not be glamorous but hauling stuff from one ship to another is a pretty mean feat in itself. It ain’t easy to hover above a moving, bobbing ship, picking up loads, setting them down right where needed, without hurting anyone or crashing the bird. Then there’s the fun of load shifts, wind, and all that. So good job!
Not sure where the Puma’s from. It’s got a US civil registry, so maybe contractor? I didn’t know there were (m)any SA-330s flying in the US?
Oh goodness, this is even better, but the language is very, uh……..military. As in salty. The pilot of #2 seems aggrieved at his flight lead’s maneuvers. But it’s awesome Gopro helmet cam footage:
This guy’s got a lot of MH-60S footage. I wonder if our reader knows him? HSC-25 and HSC-14, apparently.