Test pilots from the 413th Flight Test Squadron from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida became the first US Air Force pilots to receive a type rating on the AW-139 helicopter last week.
Major Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington completed the five-week contracted course on the civilian counterpart to the Air Force’s new MH-139 helicopter.
The MH-139 will replace the UH-1N Huey.
Maj Roycroft, 413th Flight Test Squadron MH-139 lead test pilot, said: “This puts our team one step closer to flight testing the new aircraft when production is completed. Ultimately, it puts the Air Force one step closer to delivery of a much-needed increase in capability.”
Meanwhile, 413th FLTS and Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen were completing the maintenance technician course for the same aircraft. Those Airmen are also being trained on the unique systems included in the MH-139 like the hoist and cargo hook.
The MH-139 delivery marks the first time in recent history the US Air Force will receive a rotary wing asset not previously used in another branch of the military.
The US Air Force plans to purchase 84 MH-139 helicopters over the next decade. The first aircraft delivery to the 413th FLTS is scheduled for late November.
Source: US Air Force