Splish Splash!

Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., taxi an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter through a series of fresh water jets called the bird bath after a local training mission. Anytime Rescue Airmen pilot the pave hawks within 10 nautical miles of salt water, the 920th Maintenance Group mandates rinsing the engines for optimal performance. Since PAFB sits on a barrier island and is surrounded by the brackish Banana River to the west, and the salty Atlantic Ocean to the east, all local missions require a rinse of some sort. During a water operation mission where rescue training takes them within 30 feet of salt water, the entire airframe requires a rinse afterward. The rinses slows the corrosive effects of salt. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Cathleen Snow)

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