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  • SAR Meet
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 4:02 AM on May 22, 2010

    The Belgian air force's 40 Helicopter Squadron organized an international search and rescue (SAR) meet this week.

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    Six NATO countries sent helicopters: SA330 Pumas of the French air force's Escadrille 1/67 Pyrénées and Spanish air force's 801 Squadron, an Agusta-Bell 412 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force's 303 Squadron, a Sea King Mk41 of Germany's Marinefliegergeschwader 5, an Mi-8RL of the Polish air force's 2nd Transport and Liaision Squadron and a Sikorsky HH-3F of the Italian air force's 83° Centro. Their Belgian hosts were equipped with Sea King. British participation was cancelled because of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland.

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    The competition was won by the French, with Germany in second place. Competitors were judged on navigation, survival, agility, cohesion and the precision of their winching.

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    The Belgian air force produced a video of the event.

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    Tags: ar99, SAR, France

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