Combat Search and Rescue

The French Mirage 2000 shot down by Serbs during Operation Deliberate Force and the three unsuccessful CSAR missions to save its crew members (they had already been secretly captured by General Mladić)

The French Mirage 2000 shot down by Serbs during Operation Deliberate Force and the three unsuccessful CSAR missions to save its crew members (they had already been secretly captured by General Mladić)

Operation Deliberate Force In reaction to the resulting 1992 air war between self-proclaimed Serbian Krajina in Croatia, the Croat Air… Read More

1 week ago

This HH-3E Jolly Green Giant CSAR helicopter RTB with 68 bullet holes, a shot-out windshield and holes through the rotor blades

The HH-3E Jolly Green Giant The HH-3E is the USAF version of the Sikorsky S-61 amphibious transport helicopter developed for… Read More

1 month ago

The story of the two HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopters that made the first non-stop helicopter flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to the 27th Paris Air Show.

The first air-refuelable helicopter to be produced, the HH-3E Jolly Green Giant's retractable fuel probe and external fuel tanks gave… Read More

8 months ago

The Story of how the Skyraider became known as “Sandy” and the A-1’s first CSAR Missions

At first, this kind of mission was performed by US Navy A-1s, but by mid August 1965 the 1st ACS… Read More

1 year ago

HH-60W Jolly Green II combat rescue helicopter Makes First Combat Saves

HH-60W Jolly Green II combat rescue helicopters were involved in their first real-world casualty evacuation operation in the African area… Read More

1 year ago

USAF declares Initial Operational Capability Of Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II next generation combat rescue helicopter

The declaration signifies that the USAF now possesses sufficient HH-60Ws, logistics requirements and trained Airmen to support a 30-day deployment… Read More

1 year ago

THE FIRST CSAR MISSIONS AND THE STORY OF HOW THE A-1 SKYRAIDER BECAME KNOWN AS “SANDY”

"With over 150 holes in the airplane - one in the right wing big enough to jump through - he… Read More

3 years ago

These cool photos of Davis-Monthan A-10s under a snowstorm give a whole new meaning to “Brrrr-t”!

Davis-Monthan AFB is located in Arizona, so the maintainers and A-10 Warthog attack aircraft stationed there haven’t had a snow… Read More

3 years ago

First Live Fire Testing for the HH-60W Jolly Green II CSAR Helicopter

The three weapons tested were: the GAU-2, a 7.62mm gatling gun, the GAU-18, a .50 caliber legacy machine gun and… Read More

3 years ago

Bringing them home: Bat 21 and the other big CSAR operations of the Vietnam War

Many shot-down pilots recalled that the sound of a Sandy overhead lifted their spirits in desperate situations. During the Vietnam… Read More

3 years ago

First ever aerial refueling for HH-60W Jolly Green II combat search and rescue helicopter

"The aircraft performed flawlessly during the testing and met all of the program objectives,” John Biscaino, Sikorsky’s test pilot. Approximately… Read More

4 years ago

Sandy! How two A-1 Skyraiders provided top Cover for a CSAR Mission to save a Downed OH-6 Crew During the Vietnam War

'Sandy 07' assumed on scene command, directing 'Sandy 08' to stay high and be alert for SA-7 missile launches while… Read More

4 years ago

The unknown story of an A-10 Sandy mission flown during OEF to cover an ejected Mirage 2000D aircrew

“I flew over the town real low to kind of tell them that ‘we are here and stay away’. I… Read More

6 years ago

THIS HH-3E CSAR HELICOPTER RETURNED TO BASE WITH 68 BULLET HOLES

Jolly Green 22 escaped the trap with 68 bullet holes, a shot-out windshield, and holes through the rotor blades The… Read More

7 years ago

JAW DROPPING VIDEO FEATURES USAF AIRCRAFT AT WORK AT NEVADA TEST AND TRAINING RANGE

The Nevada Test and Training Range is the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the… Read More

7 years ago

U.S. AIR FORCE A-10 THUNDERBOLT IIs RECEIVE UPGRADE TO BOOST THEIR SEARCH CAPABILITY

A-10 pilots take the Combat Search and Rescue role very seriously As explained by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby, 355th… Read More

7 years ago