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US Marines train for humanitarian assistance

Urban operations present numerous challenges for helicopter pilots, but especially for those flying the massive CH-53. Factors like blade tip clearance, obstacles such as trees and power lines, and limiting the effects of the Super Stallion’s powerful rotor wash on the civilians below must all be considered upon arriving at and departing from urban areas like Kiwanis Park.

As an emergency response for, the US Marine Corps actively trains in how to react to events such as a humanitarian crisis. Combat Aircraft joins a major exercise that helps marines prepare for such events.

“The purpose of why we do this event specifically in Yuma is that it is realistic training that is very difficult to be found elsewhere, in a real urban environment” Capt Mike Harper

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