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Manufactured by Bell Helicopter/Textron Inc., the UH-1N is the military version of the Bell 212, one of the numerous variants of the original "Huey" first designed and flown in 1956. The Huey entered the Air Force inventory in 1970 to provide search and rescue capabilities. The missions expanded to include missile security, distinguished visitor, survival school and test support. HH-1H's and UH-1F's supporting missile wings were eventually replaced by the UH-1N due to the greater safety and capability offered by the twin engine. The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload.

The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Pony Express missions carried just about anything to support the secret missions and radar sites in Laos. This Green Hornet UH-1 at the forward operation location at Duc Lap, South Vietnam, is hauling lumber and plywood sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Pony Express missions carried just about anything to support the secret missions and radar sites in Laos. This Green Hornet UH-1 at the forward operation location at Duc Lap, South Vietnam, is hauling lumber and plywood sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A UH-1 gunner manning a GAU-2 minigun that fired 7.62mm ammunition. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A UH-1 gunner manning a GAU-2 minigun that fired 7.62mm ammunition. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The crew of a 20th Special Operations Squadron UH-1 crew on alert at Thieu Atar, a forward operating location near the border of Laos. When a call came, they quickly put their cots, folding chairs and other items back into the baggage compartment. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The crew of a 20th Special Operations Squadron UH-1 crew on alert at Thieu Atar, a forward operating location near the border of Laos. When a call came, they quickly put their cots, folding chairs and other items back into the baggage compartment. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. Cook served his second tour in Southeast Asia with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" at Nha Trang and Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. He was the right door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force�s UH-1P, 20th SOS �Green Hornets,� legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. Cook served his second tour in Southeast Asia with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" at Nha Trang and Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. He was the right door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force�s UH-1P, 20th SOS �Green Hornets,� legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Leather belt, holster for a .38 caliber pistol, and a survival knife. Sergeant (later MSgt) Fred Cook, a door gunner with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, wore these items on Lt Fleming�s November 26, 1968, Medal of Honor mission. Mechanic�s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front. It belonged to Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission. These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Leather belt, holster for a .38 caliber pistol, and a survival knife. Sergeant (later MSgt) Fred Cook, a door gunner with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, wore these items on Lt Fleming�s November 26, 1968, Medal of Honor mission. Mechanic�s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front. It belonged to Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission. These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Capt. Brittny Barney, 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, flies over Washington, D.C., in a UH-1N Huey helicopter Aug. 3, 2016. The 1st HS conducts high-priority airlift missions in the National Capitol Region and maintains the capability to provide defense support to civilian authorities in the event of a disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant)

Capt. Brittny Barney, 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, flies over Washington, D.C., in a UH-1N Huey helicopter Aug. 3, 2016. The 1st HS conducts high-priority airlift missions in the National Capitol Region and maintains the capability to provide defense support to civilian authorities in the event of a disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant)

Maj. Gen. Laurian Anastasof, Romanian Air Force chief of air staff (center), waves during takeoff in a 1st Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Huey helicopter at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 23, 2016. Anastasof and his wife, Karmen Anastasof, flew with the 1st HS as part of the U.S. Air Force�s Counterpart Visit Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Gabrielle Spalding)
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Maj. Gen. Laurian Anastasof, Romanian Air Force chief of air staff (center), waves during takeoff in a 1st Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Huey helicopter at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 23, 2016. Anastasof and his wife, Karmen Anastasof, flew with the 1st HS as part of the U.S. Air Force�s Counterpart Visit Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
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Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)

A UH-1 crew armed and ready for a covert mission. Notice the flexible ladder that could be extended to pick up personnel when the helicopter could not land. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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A UH-1 crew armed and ready for a covert mission. Notice the flexible ladder that could be extended to pick up personnel when the helicopter could not land. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A UH-1N Huey helicopter belonging to the 1st Helicopter Squadron departs for a mission at Joint Base Andrew, Md. June 24, 2010. The 1 HS is responsible for alert contingency response for the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa V. Brownstein)
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A UH-1N Huey helicopter belonging to the 1st Helicopter Squadron departs for a mission at Joint Base Andrew, Md. June 24, 2010. The 1 HS is responsible for alert contingency response for the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa V. Brownstein)

Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
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The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly above the flightline during the Northern Neighbors Day Air and Space Show at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 4, 2018. The event featured aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Carlton Glider, B-25 Mitchell, T-33 Acemaker and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
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Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly above the flightline during the Northern Neighbors Day Air and Space Show at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 4, 2018. The event featured aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Carlton Glider, B-25 Mitchell, T-33 Acemaker and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)

Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
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Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)

Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. Members of the unit provide convoy support, missile complex security and maintain aircrew flight proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
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Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. Members of the unit provide convoy support, missile complex security and maintain aircrew flight proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)

Two UH-1N Iroquois with the 459th Airlift Squadron take off from a drop zone near Mt. Fuji, Japan, June 3, 2016. The 459 AS regularly conducts training missions to remain proficient with flight skills necessary to support contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)
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Two UH-1N Iroquois with the 459th Airlift Squadron take off from a drop zone near Mt. Fuji, Japan, June 3, 2016. The 459 AS regularly conducts training missions to remain proficient with flight skills necessary to support contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)

Multiple UH-1N Iroquois “Huey” aircraft from the 1st Helicopter Squadron sit on the flightline at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 17, 2019. The 1st HS is the Air Force's largest operational helicopter squadron and provides contingency response in the National Capital Region.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)
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Multiple UH-1N Iroquois “Huey” aircraft from the 1st Helicopter Squadron sit on the flightline at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 17, 2019. The 1st HS is the Air Force's largest operational helicopter squadron and provides contingency response in the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A UH-1N Huey helicopter takes off here Sept. 2 for Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., to assist in the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.  Thirteen people and a helicopter from the 54th Helicopter Flight here are deploying to aid the recovery.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)
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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A UH-1N Huey helicopter takes off here Sept. 2 for Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., to assist in the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. Thirteen people and a helicopter from the 54th Helicopter Flight here are deploying to aid the recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)

Fort Meade, MD --

 

AFGSC’s newest acquisition secures and safeguards Air Force nuclear launch facilities,




Air Force Global Strike Command has acquired its first ever aircraft, the MH-139A Grey Wolf, the command’s first major acquisition in its 10-year history. The Grey Wolf will replace the UH-1N Huey, which entered the operational Air Force during the Vietnam War in 1970. The purchase is also unique as it’s an “off the shelf” purchase of an existing airframe modified to meet military requirements.


The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
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The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
Photo By: Samuel King Jr.
VIRIN: 200211-F-OC707-9017

The acquisition was contracted through Boeing during a full and open competition at a cost of $2.38 billion — $1.7 billion under budget.

Gen. Timothy Ray, AFGSC commander, named the helicopter “Grey Wolf” during a naming and unveiling ceremony at Duke Field, Florida, Dec. 19, 2019, comparing the helicopter to the wild animal that bears the same name.


Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Photo By: Samuel King Jr.
VIRIN: 200211-F-OC707-9018

The name Grey Wolf is derived from the wild species that roams the northern tier of North America, which also encompasses the intercontinental ballistic missile bases in AFGSC.

“It strikes fear in the hearts of many,” Ray said. “Its range is absolutely inherent to the ICBM fields we have.”

“As they hunt as a pack, they attack as one, they bring the force of many,” he continued. “That’s exactly how you need to approach the nuclear security mission.”

The helicopters will provide security and support for the nation’s ICBM fields which span Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s nuclear deterrence operations aligned with the National Defense Strategy.


Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
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Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Photo By: Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry
VIRIN: 200211-F-IY281-9014

The new helicopter closes the capability gaps of the UH-1N Huey in the areas of speed, range, endurance, payload and survivability in support of the command’s ICBM missions. Other mission capabilities include civil search and rescue, airlift support, National Capital Region missions, as well as survival school and test support.

The Air Force will procure up to 84 MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment from Boeing.

According to Boeing, Grey Wolf is 50% faster than the Huey helicopters currently serving Air Force security forces. It can also fly 50% farther and carry 5,000 more pounds of cargo. Boeing says that Grey Wolf will save up to $1 billion in life cycle costs.

“When I think about the issue in front of us, about moving forward in nuclear deterrence, when I stare down a wave of acquisition for essentially everything we do, I hope this particular program is a harbinger of very successful stories to follow not just for our command but for the good of the nation and for the good of our allies and partners,” Ray said.


Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
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Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
Photo By: Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9006

The MH-139A Grey Wolf will provide vertical airlift and support the requirements of five Air Force major commands and operating agencies: AFGSC, Air Force District of Washington, Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Materiel Command and Pacific Air Forces. AFGSC is the lead command and operational capability requirements sponsor.

AFGSC stood up Detachment 7 at Duke Field, to support testing and evaluation of the MH-139A.


Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
Photo By: J.M. EDDINS
VIRIN: 200211-F-LW859-9001

Lt. Col. Mary Clark assumed command of the detachment with Brig. Gen. Andrew Gebara, AFGSC A5/8 director, presiding over the ceremony.

“I’m here to tell you, this is a big deal,” Gebara said during the ceremony. “It is hard to overstate just how much blood sweat and tears have gone into getting this helicopter into our United States Air Force (and) standing up this detachment. We are very excited in Air Force Global Strike Command. We cannot wait to get this out to the missile fields and the National Capital Region where it needs to be.”


The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
Boeing MH-139 - U.S. Air Force
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
Photo By: Samuel King Jr.
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9022

The detachment received the first MH-139A helicopter during a naming and unveiling ceremony.

The detachment will work in conjunction with the 96th Test Wing’s 413th Flight Test Squadron, the Air Force’s only dedicated rotary test unit. Detachment 7 brings vital aircrew manning to the test effort and is comprised of pilots and special mission aviators.


From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
Photo By: J.M. EDDINS
VIRIN: 200211-F-LW859-9002

Currently, the unit resides in temporary administrative and hangar facilities on Duke Field. The detachment will eventually move to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, to perform additional testing and evaluation of the aircraft.

“I want you all to know you are special,” Clark said, speaking to those Airmen under her charge during the ceremony. “You were selected to fly, test and field this aircraft, literally writing the book on this helicopter for aviators that will follow us for 50 years or more.”

Detachment 7 will manage four helicopters. The second aircraft is due to arrive mid-January 2020, while the third and fourth aircraft are scheduled to arrive in February.

“We’re going to put this helicopter through its paces,” Gebara said.

The UH-1Ns will continue to support five commands and numerous missions, including operational support airlift, test support and intercontinental ballistic missile security support, until the replacements are ready.


Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly above the flightline during the Northern Neighbors Day Air and Space Show at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 4, 2018. The event featured aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Carlton Glider, B-25 Mitchell, T-33 Acemaker and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly above the flightline during the Northern Neighbors Day Air and Space Show at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 4, 2018. The event featured aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Carlton Glider, B-25 Mitchell, T-33 Acemaker and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly above the flightline during the Northern Neighbors Day Air and Space Show at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 4, 2018. The event featured aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Carlton Glider, B-25 Mitchell, T-33 Acemaker and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
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Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly above the flightline during the Northern Neighbors Day Air and Space Show at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 4, 2018. The event featured aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Carlton Glider, B-25 Mitchell, T-33 Acemaker and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Photo By: Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry
VIRIN: 200211-F-IY281-9015
Maj. Gen. Laurian Anastasof, Romanian Air Force chief of air staff (center), waves during takeoff in a 1st Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Huey helicopter at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 23, 2016. Anastasof and his wife, Karmen Anastasof, flew with the 1st HS as part of the U.S. Air Force�s Counterpart Visit Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Gabrielle Spalding)
Maj. Gen. Laurian Anastasof, Romanian Air Force chief of air staff (center), waves during takeoff in a 1st Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Huey helicopter at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 23, 2016. Anastasof and his wife, Karmen Anastasof, flew with the 1st HS as part of the U.S. Air Force�s Counterpart Visit Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Gabrielle Spalding)
Maj. Gen. Laurian Anastasof, Romanian Air Force chief of air staff (center), waves during takeoff in a 1st Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Huey helicopter at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 23, 2016. Anastasof and his wife, Karmen Anastasof, flew with the 1st HS as part of the U.S. Air Force�s Counterpart Visit Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Gabrielle Spalding)
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Maj. Gen. Laurian Anastasof, Romanian Air Force chief of air staff (center), waves during takeoff in a 1st Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Huey helicopter at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 23, 2016. Anastasof and his wife, Karmen Anastasof, flew with the 1st HS as part of the U.S. Air Force�s Counterpart Visit Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Gabrielle Spalding)
Photo By: Airman Gabrielle Spalding
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9007
DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
Secret War
DAYTON, Ohio -- Secret War: Green Hornets, Dust Devils and Blackbirds exhibit on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
Photo By: Ken LaRock
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9011
From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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From right, test pilots Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, and their flight crew pose in front of a UH-1N helicopter on the Duke Field flightline near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after a test flight, Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
Photo By: J.M. EDDINS
VIRIN: 200211-F-LW859-9002
Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
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Two UH-1N Twin Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly by the Washington Memorial, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2015. The helicopters flew for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association Memorial Service Flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens)
Photo By: Airman 1st Class J.D. Maidens
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9006
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
Leader of the Pack
The MH-139A Grey Wolf lands at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019, before its unveiling and naming ceremony. The aircraft is set to replace the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey aircraft and has capability improvements related to speed, range, endurance and payload. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
Photo By: Samuel King Jr.
VIRIN: 200211-F-OC707-9017
Pony Express missions carried just about anything to support the secret missions and radar sites in Laos. This Green Hornet UH-1 at the forward operation location at Duc Lap, South Vietnam, is hauling lumber and plywood sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Pony Express missions carried just about anything to support the secret missions and radar sites in Laos. This Green Hornet UH-1 at the forward operation location at Duc Lap, South Vietnam, is hauling lumber and plywood sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Pony Express missions carried just about anything to support the secret missions and radar sites in Laos. This Green Hornet UH-1 at the forward operation location at Duc Lap, South Vietnam, is hauling lumber and plywood sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Pony Express missions carried just about anything to support the secret missions and radar sites in Laos. This Green Hornet UH-1 at the forward operation location at Duc Lap, South Vietnam, is hauling lumber and plywood sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo By: U.S. Air Force
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9021
Multiple UH-1N Iroquois “Huey” aircraft from the 1st Helicopter Squadron sit on the flightline at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 17, 2019. The 1st HS is the Air Force's largest operational helicopter squadron and provides contingency response in the National Capital Region.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)
Multiple UH-1N Iroquois “Huey” aircraft from the 1st Helicopter Squadron sit on the flightline at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 17, 2019. The 1st HS is the Air Force's largest operational helicopter squadron and provides contingency response in the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)
Multiple UH-1N Iroquois “Huey” aircraft from the 1st Helicopter Squadron sit on the flightline at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 17, 2019. The 1st HS is the Air Force's largest operational helicopter squadron and provides contingency response in the National Capital Region.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)
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Multiple UH-1N Iroquois “Huey” aircraft from the 1st Helicopter Squadron sit on the flightline at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 17, 2019. The 1st HS is the Air Force's largest operational helicopter squadron and provides contingency response in the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum
VIRIN: 200211-F-AP370-9016
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A UH-1N Huey helicopter takes off here Sept. 2 for Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., to assist in the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.  Thirteen people and a helicopter from the 54th Helicopter Flight here are deploying to aid the recovery.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A UH-1N Huey helicopter takes off here Sept. 2 for Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., to assist in the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. Thirteen people and a helicopter from the 54th Helicopter Flight here are deploying to aid the recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A UH-1N Huey helicopter takes off here Sept. 2 for Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., to assist in the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.  Thirteen people and a helicopter from the 54th Helicopter Flight here are deploying to aid the recovery.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)
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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A UH-1N Huey helicopter takes off here Sept. 2 for Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., to assist in the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. Thirteen people and a helicopter from the 54th Helicopter Flight here are deploying to aid the recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Joe Laws
VIRIN: 200211-F-9208L-9003
Capt. Brittny Barney, 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, flies over Washington, D.C., in a UH-1N Huey helicopter Aug. 3, 2016. The 1st HS conducts high-priority airlift missions in the National Capitol Region and maintains the capability to provide defense support to civilian authorities in the event of a disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant)
Capt. Brittny Barney, 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, flies over Washington, D.C., in a UH-1N Huey helicopter Aug. 3, 2016. The 1st HS conducts high-priority airlift missions in the National Capitol Region and maintains the capability to provide defense support to civilian authorities in the event of a disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant)
Capt. Brittny Barney, 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, flies over Washington, D.C., in a UH-1N Huey helicopter Aug. 3, 2016. The 1st HS conducts high-priority airlift missions in the National Capitol Region and maintains the capability to provide defense support to civilian authorities in the event of a disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant)
The 1st HS conducts high-priority airlift missions in the National Capitol Region
Capt. Brittny Barney, 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, flies over Washington, D.C., in a UH-1N Huey helicopter Aug. 3, 2016. The 1st HS conducts high-priority airlift missions in the National Capitol Region and maintains the capability to provide defense support to civilian authorities in the event of a disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant)
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9009
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. Members of the unit provide convoy support, missile complex security and maintain aircrew flight proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. Members of the unit provide convoy support, missile complex security and maintain aircrew flight proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. Members of the unit provide convoy support, missile complex security and maintain aircrew flight proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
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Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. Members of the unit provide convoy support, missile complex security and maintain aircrew flight proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Photo By: Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry
VIRIN: 200211-F-IY281-9013
A UH-1 crew armed and ready for a covert mission. Notice the flexible ladder that could be extended to pick up personnel when the helicopter could not land. (U.S. Air Force photo)
A UH-1 crew armed and ready for a covert mission. Notice the flexible ladder that could be extended to pick up personnel when the helicopter could not land. (U.S. Air Force photo)
A UH-1 crew armed and ready for a covert mission. Notice the flexible ladder that could be extended to pick up personnel when the helicopter could not land. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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A UH-1 crew armed and ready for a covert mission. Notice the flexible ladder that could be extended to pick up personnel when the helicopter could not land. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo By: U.S. Air Force
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9005
The crew of a 20th Special Operations Squadron UH-1 crew on alert at Thieu Atar, a forward operating location near the border of Laos. When a call came, they quickly put their cots, folding chairs and other items back into the baggage compartment. (U.S. Air Force photo)
The crew of a 20th Special Operations Squadron UH-1 crew on alert at Thieu Atar, a forward operating location near the border of Laos. When a call came, they quickly put their cots, folding chairs and other items back into the baggage compartment. (U.S. Air Force photo)
The crew of a 20th Special Operations Squadron UH-1 crew on alert at Thieu Atar, a forward operating location near the border of Laos. When a call came, they quickly put their cots, folding chairs and other items back into the baggage compartment. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The crew of a 20th Special Operations Squadron UH-1 crew on alert at Thieu Atar, a forward operating location near the border of Laos. When a call came, they quickly put their cots, folding chairs and other items back into the baggage compartment. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo By: U.S. Air Force
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9019
A UH-1 gunner manning a GAU-2 minigun that fired 7.62mm ammunition. (U.S. Air Force photo)
A UH-1 gunner manning a GAU-2 minigun that fired 7.62mm ammunition. (U.S. Air Force photo)
A UH-1 gunner manning a GAU-2 minigun that fired 7.62mm ammunition. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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A UH-1 gunner manning a GAU-2 minigun that fired 7.62mm ammunition. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Photo By: U.S. Air Force
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9020
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Leader of the Pack
Members of the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly near a missile alert facility near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 26, 2018. The 54th HS members provide swift transportation for 91st Security Forces Group defenders whenever the time arrives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
Photo By: Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry
VIRIN: 200211-F-IY281-9014
A UH-1N Huey helicopter belonging to the 1st Helicopter Squadron departs for a mission at Joint Base Andrew, Md. June 24, 2010. The 1 HS is responsible for alert contingency response for the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa V. Brownstein)
A UH-1N Huey helicopter belonging to the 1st Helicopter Squadron departs for a mission at Joint Base Andrew, Md. June 24, 2010. The 1 HS is responsible for alert contingency response for the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa V. Brownstein)
A UH-1N Huey helicopter belonging to the 1st Helicopter Squadron departs for a mission at Joint Base Andrew, Md. June 24, 2010. The 1 HS is responsible for alert contingency response for the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa V. Brownstein)
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A UH-1N Huey helicopter belonging to the 1st Helicopter Squadron departs for a mission at Joint Base Andrew, Md. June 24, 2010. The 1 HS is responsible for alert contingency response for the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa V. Brownstein)
Photo By: Senior Airman Melissa V. Brownstein
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9004
DAYTON, Ohio -- MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. Cook served his second tour in Southeast Asia with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" at Nha Trang and Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. He was the right door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force�s UH-1P, 20th SOS �Green Hornets,� legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. Cook served his second tour in Southeast Asia with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" at Nha Trang and Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. He was the right door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force�s UH-1P, 20th SOS �Green Hornets,� legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. Cook served his second tour in Southeast Asia with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" at Nha Trang and Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. He was the right door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force�s UH-1P, 20th SOS �Green Hornets,� legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama
DAYTON, Ohio -- MSgt. (Ret.) Fred Cook stands in front of the Secret War diorama in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15, 2016. Cook served his second tour in Southeast Asia with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" at Nha Trang and Ban Me Thout, Vietnam. He was the right door gunner on the 26 Nov 1968 mission that is depicted in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force�s UH-1P, 20th SOS �Green Hornets,� legacy diorama display. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for his part in this mission.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
Photo By: Ken LaRock
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9012
Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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Maj. Zach Roycroft, of the 413th Flight Test Squadron, climbs into the cockpit of a UH-1N helicopter in preparation for a test flight at Duke Field near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sep. 16, 2019. The squadron received its first MH-139 helicopters, which will replace the UH-1N, for flight test in Dec. 2019. (Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
Photo By: J.M. EDDINS
VIRIN: 200211-F-LW859-9001
Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command. The Grey Wolf was unveiled and named during the ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Photo By: Samuel King Jr.
VIRIN: 200211-F-OC707-9018
DAYTON, Ohio -- Leather belt, holster for a .38 caliber pistol, and a survival knife. Sergeant (later MSgt) Fred Cook, a door gunner with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, wore these items on Lt Fleming�s November 26, 1968, Medal of Honor mission. Mechanic�s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front. It belonged to Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission. These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Leather belt, holster for a .38 caliber pistol, and a survival knife. Sergeant (later MSgt) Fred Cook, a door gunner with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, wore these items on Lt Fleming�s November 26, 1968, Medal of Honor mission. Mechanic�s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front. It belonged to Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission. These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Leather belt, holster for a .38 caliber pistol, and a survival knife. Sergeant (later MSgt) Fred Cook, a door gunner with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, wore these items on Lt Fleming�s November 26, 1968, Medal of Honor mission. Mechanic�s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front. It belonged to Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission. These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Leather belt, holster for a .38 caliber pistol, and a survival knife. Sergeant (later MSgt) Fred Cook, a door gunner with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, wore these items on Lt Fleming�s November 26, 1968, Medal of Honor mission. Mechanic�s cap with the 20th SOS Green Hornet printed on the visor and front. It belonged to Fred Cook but was not worn on the Medal of Honor mission. These items are on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
Photo By: Ken LaRock
VIRIN: 200211-F-XX999-9010



 

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