Desert Lightning Team Combat Search & Rescue Demo


This year’s Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Air Show will feature a realistic demonstration of the aircraft and techniques used in a CSAR exercise. It’s gonna be loud and explosive! Highlights from this exciting demonstration include:

• The demonstration begins with two pararescuemen jumping from a HC-130J Combat King to simulate downed airmen.

• A four-ship formation of A-10 Thunderbolts will roll in and take control of communications, which will be broadcast to the crowd.

• The lead A-10 will call in a two-ship of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters to pick-up the downed airmen.

• The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and a HC-130J will fly in formation to perform in-air refueling while the A-10s fly a protection.

• The A-10s will perform two strafing runs with pyrotechnics.

• The HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopters will fast-rope two PJs to stabilize and protect the downed airmen.

• The A-10s will protect the helicopter, PJs and downed airmen with bomb runs using pyrotechnics.

• The HH-60 Pave Hawk will hoist the PJs and downed airmen into the helicopter and all aircraft will depart.