U.S. Air Force MC-130P’s pararescue jumper: “it’s a tough job but someone has to do it”

The following shows U.S. Air Force airmen on an MC-130P assigned to the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, California as they conduct Search and Rescue training with Rigging Alternate Method Zodiac (RAMZ), Helicopter Air-to-Air Refueling and Low Level Tactical flying above Northern California on Jun. 18, 2013.


Pararescuemen or PJs (Pararescue Jumpers), are United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) operatives tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.

They can also be used to support NASA missions and have been used to recover astronauts after water landings.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.