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127th Wing Photos

Downed Pilot Training

Capt. Bryan Amara swings a signaling device over his head during search and rescue training at Amari Air Base, Estonia, June 15, 2012. Amara, a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot with the 171st Air Refueling Squadron, was receiving training on the techniques used to contact a friendly aircraft in the event a pilot is downed in unfriendly territory. During the training, an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 107th Fighter Squadron was flying over the area, communicating with Amara via radio and looking for signals from the ground. In a real rescue situation, the A-10 pilot overhead would have coordinated rescue operations and provided close air support during the rescue, if needed. The 171st and 107th are both components of the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, home-stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. (Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Dan Heaton)

PHOTO BY: TSgt. Dan Heaton
VIRIN: 120615-Z-VA767-015.JPG
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