USCG Jayhawks Practice Formation Flights

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The four MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopters attached to Air Station Kodiak conduct hover checks in preparation for a formation flight Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in 17 mph winds with snow squalls and temperatures in the 30s. Formation flights trains general aircraft handling skills as well as skills that aircrews use when conducting multi-ship vertical insertion operations of Maritime Safety and Security Team boarding teams. U.S. Coast Guard photo Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

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Last week a group of four Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopters practiced formation flying between Kodiak and Long Island.

Scott Jackson is the H60 Assistant Operations Officer for Air Station Kodiak.

(USCG Jhawks "We do training … that we do.")

A boarding team is a special armed security team that’s hoisted down or roped down to a vessel. The Coast Guard keeps a boarding team stationed in Anchorage.

Jackson gave his impression of last week’s training session

(USCG Jhawks "They went well … formation flight.")

Formation flying offers different challenges to Jayhawk pilots who are used to flying solo.

(USCG Jhawks ‘You know you’re …in the flight.")

The four Jayhawk helicopters flew towards Long Island and then back to town. In addition to pilot training, the formation maneuvers offered a nice show for anyone looking skyward Thursday afternoon.

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