Packing it in

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Equipping the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter for a shuttle launch is a long process complete with hundreds of pounds of gear to be loaded and stowed on board. All of the medical gear would be used in case of an emergency where an astronaut had to bail out of the shuttle either over the ocean or land. The Reservists here provide support for all shuttle and rocket launches. Not only are the crews of the helos the eyes and ears of the shuttle launches, but the HC-130P/N Hercules planes are also used as backup for mid-air refueling and another platform for live-saving measures. All reservists here are combat search and rescue trained and are ready at a moment's notice to provide assistance as needed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Rob Grande)

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