In photos, evacuation of a simulated incapacitated A-10 Thunderbolt pilot

Firefighters at airbases all around the world have to be familiar with egress procedures.

The images in this post show firefighters from the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron evacuate a simulated incapacitated patient from a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during egress training at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri,  on Mar. 18, 2015.

Egress training event

Egress training on all the airframes on base (at Whiteman and everywhere else) is important as firefighter teams must be trained and able to properly respond to disabled aircraft or injured aircrew.

Egress training event

Before evacuating the patient, the firefighters must extinguish any flames that may be present on the aircraft, then they have to open the aircraft canopy, shut down the engine and safely remove aircrew members.

Egress training event

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


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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.