Sling Load

Craig here.  From the official US Army photostream:

Sling load operations


Army Soldiers teach students sling load operations with a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at the Army Pathfinder School on Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 19, 2011. The mission of a Pathfinder is to provide technical assistance and advise the ground unit commander on combat assault operations, sling load operations, air movement, airborne operations, and aerial re-supply by fixed and rotary wing aircraft. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen

XBrad has mentioned the Chinook a number of times.  It’s an old design that seems to take well to upgrades and improvements.  The CH-47 was designed to carry Pershing missiles and a catalog of other equipment long since retired.  I spent most of my time in the heavy divisions, so we didn’t have much that was sling loaded on a regular basis.  Perhaps the most often “production” payloads that I saw were my communications shelters.  We found that rather useful in Korea, where the roads were often too narrow for HMMWVs. None of my equipment was sling loaded in Afghanistan.  But we often loaded the equipment in the cargo section on a 463L pallet.

I can feel the rotor wash now….

4 thoughts on “Sling Load”

  1. …and what a rotor wash it is! They don’t call it Big Windy for nothing. Had one bad, cold and rainy night in Iraq when we were setting up a brand new patrol base and the -47s were doing some night sling-loading of containers into the perimeter when one blew down our chow tent with the rotor wash. Ugly night for the cooks in particular.

  2. They used to teach sling loading at the Air Assault School at Cambpell. I presume they still do. For some reason they aren’t doing much sling loading in the AFG.

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