What makes the shot particularly interesting (and vaguely Star Wars-like…) is the halo effect caused by the sand hitting the blades and eroding their metal surface. The effect is more visible around the blades’ tips where the peripheral speed is higher.
Caused by the oxidation of eroded particles, the so-called “Kopp-Etchells effect” (named by war correspondent Michael Yon after Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, and Cpl. Joseph Etchells, two fallen American and British soldiers) makes the tilt-rotor aircraft more visible from distance, hence more vulnerable.
Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps. H/T @DCDude1776 for the heads-up
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Search and Rescue (SAR) as you have never seen it before.
Tasked to be the first responder for the aircraft and personnel stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and to support Washington State agencies in case of emergencies, medical evacuations and search and rescue activities, NAS Whidbey Island SAR is a one of a kind rescue unit, equipped with the MH-60S “Knighthawk” helicopters.
The team, consisting of three helicopters, 10 pilots, 10 rescue aircrewmen and 3 SAR Medical Technicians (SMT’s) is “the premier in Navy Search and Rescue:” personnel of NASWI are highly trained in day and night both overwater and mountain rescue including helicopter rappel and hoist, and mountain landing.
For SAR missions, the unit typically maintains either a 15-minute or a 30-minute alert posture.
This video, provides an insight into what NASWI SAR does, bringing you aboard MH-60S during land, sea and mountain operations.
Filmed during well deck operations, this Osprey was taking part to Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015, a multinational training exercise conducted from Aug. 31 to Sep. 10 by Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) to build U.S., Japan, Mexico and New Zealand’s amphibious, and command and control capabilities through live, simulated, and constructive military training activities.
Maybe it’s because it was taken as it was unfolding its wings, but don’t you think this Osprey looks like a Transformer in the act of transforming?
Impressive: Mi-24 Hind helicopters performing rocket runs at low altitude in Syria
The following videos were filmed in Syria in the last hours and show Mi-24 Hind helicopters (Russian ones, deployed to Latakia along with the rest of the RuAF contingent, according to the first unverified reports), fighting rebels.
And here is another video, showing Syrian rebels shooting at an Mi-24 helicopter with their AK-47s. This footage was allegedly filmed in Latakia.
What looks like a mortar can be briefly spotted in this second video at 0:46: did the Mi-24s attack that position in order to wipe out a mortar possibly threatening the RuAF base at al-Assad International Airport?
H/T to Alessandro Borsetti for sending the links to these interesting videos.
Aerial footage broadcast by several media outlets showed the helicopter (coded “63”) with part of its tail broken off: screenshots posted on Social Media (special thanks to @AbraxasSpa) shows that main and tail rotors were covered, most probably to hide some details (maybe noise reduction devices and other interesting sensors) of the Special Operations helicopter.