Colorado National Guard aviators honored for rescue work

Published: June 6, 2013, 4:21 pm, by Tom Roeder
Hawaii National Guardsman Sean McKay lands a UH-60 Black Hawk at a high altitude landing zone July 19 while training with Colorado National Guard instructor Mike Felton at the High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site at the Eagle County Airport in Gypsum, Colo. The Guard trains rotor-wing military pilots from around the world to fly safely at high elevation and in mountainous terrain. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK/The Gazette

Hawaii National Guardsman Sean McKay lands a UH-60 Black Hawk at a high altitude landing zone July 19 while training with Colorado National Guard instructor Mike Felton at the High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site at the Eagle County Airport in Gypsum, Colo. The Guard trains rotor-wing military pilots from around the world to fly safely at high elevation and in mountainous terrain. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK/The Gazette

The Colorado National Guard picked up a prestigious honor recently when its helicopter crews were lauded for search and rescue flights in 2012 from the National Association of Search and Rescue.

Colorado is home to some of the most-skilled helicopter pilots on the planet who teach high-altitude flying at a National Guard school near Eagle.

I’ve had the chance to fly with that bunch, and I’ve never seen a helicopter do those things before or since.

Here’s a news release on the award. http://co.ng.mil/News/Pages/130601-Aviation.aspx

Here’s a story on flying with them: http://gazette.com/guard-trains-helicopter-pilots-to-cope-with-thin-mountain-air/article/121948