Pararescue Jumpers are fully qualified in freefall and static-line to provide the option of parachute insertion. However, learning to parachute is the easy part.
Qualifications (from http://www.pararescue.com):
Training and Coursework:
If you want money, then youre making the wrong choice by choosing to become a PJ.
129th Rescue Wing (129th RQW) Official Website at http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil
129th PJs gear
Along with freefall and static line rigs, 129th PJs gear includes mountain climbing and satellite communications equipment. They also pack full paramedic supplies including defibrillator and drug box.
PJs exit over Moffett Field
Ted Carlson snapped this photo of PJs from the 129th exiting a HH-60 over Moffett Federal Airfield in the Silicon Valley.
Refueling Demo at Airshow
Rescue Wing demonstrates aerial refueling for the attendees at the 2001 AirExpo over Moffett Field, CA
HH-60 aerial refueling from a Wings MC-130
HH-60 on static display
The Wings C-130 can land in less runway than what a Cessna C182 can do by throwing all four engines in full reverse prop thrust right at touchdown (very impressive and lots of JP-4 exhaust smoke too).
Rescue team of weekend warriors risk their lives for the mission
The Sun, Sunnyvale's Newspaper, 7.23.97
Tribute Produtions: The 129th will be featured on a tribute TV show. See http://www.atribute.tv/rescuewing.html
Maroon Berets Symbolizes The Army Melting Pot
from Grizzly Magazine, May 2000. see http://www.calguard.ca.gov/PAO/ca_guard/articles99/articles00/articles00/Maroon.htm
129th Alumni and Hertitage Association at http://home.sprynet.com/~martinim/129aa-7.htm
A cool 129th shirt that is no longer sold can be seen at http://www.afpp-international.com/afpp-usa/proofile/129-rescue-wing.html
Presentation of 129th RQW by globalsecurity.org at http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/usaf/129rqw.htm
New Composite Maintenance Hangar
A new composite maintenance hangar championed by the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View with assistance from congresswoman Anna Eshoo is being constructed for the 129th. Instead of the vintage 1940s blimp hanger, this new hanger will greatly enhanced the operational effectiveness and readiness of the Rescue Wing.
(from July 14, 1999) Sunnyvales work on Moffett Field hangar yields payoff. $14 million for new hangar helps to ensure the Guard stays put and San Jose Airport stays out. For more see http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sunnyvale.sun/07.14.99/moffet-9928.html
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