THE FLYING SKULLS

Combat Aircraft meets the rotary-wing trainers that forge a new generation of special mission crews in the skies above New Mexico.

UH-1N 69-6612 callsign ‘Skull 63’ seen performing a hover check prior to departing on a training flight

WHEN IT COMES to roles for military helicopters, few grab attention more than combat search and rescue (CSAR, pronounced ‘see-sar’). It is a role that, when called for, is likely to challenge both the platform and the crew to the max, it’s likely to be in harm’s way, and there’s likely to be lives at stake. If there are friendly forces in trouble, be those downed airmen or trapped troops — CSAR units are on speed dial.

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