New aerial mechanics joined the IAF last week. During operation “Protective edge” the aerial mechanics were a part of every flight that evacuated wounded soldiers from the battle field to hospitals in Israel
Aerial mechanics took part in every Helicopter sortie designated for evacuation during operation “Protective Edge”.
“We’re in charge of everything inside the helicopter”, explained captain C’, aerial mechanic in the “Desert Birds” squadron operating the “Black-Hawk” helicopters. “We’re talking about helping loading wounded soldiers, connection between pilots and medical crews and helicopter safety. The main goal is to evacuate in the shortest period of time on the ground. That’s why we had two aerial mechanics on board of each and every helicopter during the operation”.
The squadron’s aerial mechanics took part in dangerous sorties in which they’ve helped to save the lives of dozens of soldiers.
“It’s very important to be cool, focus on the mission and find solutions”, said Major E’, another aerial mechanic in the squadron. “We had to deal with some difficult sights, but as time goes by, you learn how to keep on with your work”.