Coasties And Zoomies Work Together

By Bob Urie

A rare photograph of a Coast Guard Cutter refueling a USAF helicopter at sea under adverse conditions

The helicopter is U.S. Air Force, the mission is to rescue a burn victim on the British vessel London Pioneer, the aircraft is hovering over the cutter to lower a line to the Mellon crew.  The crew will attach an fuel hose which the aircraft crew will use to refuel the helicopter.  They would not have fuel enough to return to Honolulu if it could not refuel at sea.  The aircraft is too large for the cutter so this is done while in flight.

 

The photo was taken by another USAF helicopter that also refueled this way.(1975)

 

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