Sikorsky S-70 H-60
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Del'd: 114 - 1982 to present

  • US Air Force S-70 H-60
  • US Air Force S-70 H-60

The Sikorsky Pave Hawk is the derivative of the UH-60 Blackhawk ( S-70 familiy ) in service with the United States Air Force. They are capable of conduct day or night operations into hostile environments and were the first Hawks to introduce an air-refueling capability. Their history trace back to early 1980s when eleven UH-60A in the Europe One cammo were assigned to the 55th ARRS waiting for the reception of the planned combat SAR variant HH-60D Night Hawk. After the completion of a single prototype the HH-60D was cancelled in 1989 and the UH-60As were upgraded in several steps as Credible Hawk and finally to the Pave Hawk. The MH-60G Pave Hawk is used for the insertion and recovery of special operations forces while the HH-60G Pave Hawk's is a combat search and rescue (CSAR) aircraft employed in the recovery of downed pilots. With virtually no difference between both versions the biggest difference (and determining factor in the designation) was the command that they were assigned to. The 10 MH-60G's were assigned to AF Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and hence the "MH" designation for "multi mission". The MH-60G's also had a different paint scheme -- a dark gray similar to the other AFSOC aircraft like the MH-53J/L Pave Low and the MC-130 Hercules. The remaining HH-60G's were assigned to rescue duties with Air Combat Command (ACC) and painted woodland camouflage. The other minor differences are that the MH-60G's had "Sea Hawk" windows long before the HH-60G's, the (former) MH-60G's all have rotor brakes, and they have windshield washer reservoirs and motors. When the USAF had both designations in service, there was only one Operator's Manual ("Dash 1") and it was for the "MH/HH-60G Pave Hawk". With the closing of the only AFSOC MH-60G unit in the late 90's, the MH-60G's were transferred to ACC, painted woodland camo, and redesignated HH-60Gs.

As of 2011, two USAF Pavehawks airframes have already reached 10,000 flight hours and 13 of them have been lost by several causes.

On September 2011, 4 US Army UH-60M Black Hawk were redesignated as HH-60U and delivered to the USAF for SAR missions. Equipped with advanced glass cockpits, were the Air Force's first new helicopters in 14 years.

Please refer to H-60 in US Army for the BuNos list


The HH-47 Chinook was selected in 2006 as their replacement but the Pentagon canceled the contract in 2009 after multiple protests by the losing bidders. As of December 2012, the Combat Rescue Helicopter ( CRH ) program still continue to suffering delays after Bell, Boeing and AgustaWestland opt out their bids. Apparently the Air Force bidding rules were so narrowly framed that they effectively excluded their aircraft from the competition favouring the Sikorsky UH-60M.

On November 2013, USAF announced Sikorsky/Lockheed-Martin was the sole contractor responding to the request for proposals for as many as 112 helicopters with a potential value of $6.8 billion with their CRH-60 and on March 2014 they received approval to start working from FY2015

On June 2016, USAF received first of 21 ex US Army UH-60L converted into HH-60G under the Operational Loss Replacement (OLR) program initiated in 2012.

Unidentified HH-60G Lost in Afghanistan:

  • 09jun10 : shot down in Helmand province, 5 fatalities
  • 11dec09 : hit by gun fire ( 88-26118 ? )
  • 23mar03 : /Komodo11, 6 fatalities

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    YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
    2009/1326th ERQSAF Camp Bastion
    2005/    413 FLTS Eglin AFB
    Duke Field
    2004/    101 RQS Francis S. Gabreski
    2003/    34th WPS Nellis AFB
    1997/    41st RQS Moody AFB
    1997/    301st RQS Patrick AFB
    1995/    422nd TES Nellis AFB
    1994/    512th RQS Kirtland AFB
    1993/9948th RQS Davis-Monthan AFB
    Holloman AFB
    1992/9371st SOSDavis-Monthan AFB
    1992/    56th RQSUK RAF Lakenheath
    IS Keflavik
    1991/08304 RQS Portland International Airport
    1991/    66th RQS Nellis AFB
    1991/    129th RQS Moffett Federal Airfield
    1991/    305 RQS Davis-Monthan AFB
    Selfridge airfield
    1990/04102nd RQS Francis S. Gabreski
    1990/9538 RQS KR Osan Air Base
    1990/94551 SOSKirtland AFB
    Hill AFB
    1990/    210th RQS Elmendorf AFB
    Eielson AFB
    Anchorage International Airport
    1985/    33 RQSJP Kadena AFB
    1982/    55 RQS Davis-Monthan AFB
    Hurlburt Field
    Eglin AFB

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