Earlier today, my dad and I ran a couple of errands at Ft. Carson. At the time, two Blackhawks were coming in for a landing on the parade field in front of the headquarters building. It is one of those sights I do not grow tired of seeing – military aviation in motion.

When Laurie worked as a DoD contract MD a few years ago at Ft. Carson, she had an opportunity to make two medevac missions into the training range. On the second mission, she was able to take a photo of two dust-offs coming in to take her and an injured soldier to the hospital on post.

coming in for a landing: a pair of UH-60 Blackhawk dust-offs
photo credit: Laurie Westin

In Vietnam, my dad flew with the surgeon when it was their turn to survey the aid stations, or there were heavy casualties in the field. (The latter rarely happened.) They were always accompanied by a UH-1 Huey or AH-1 Cobra gunship that provided overwatch. This is one tactic that has not changed through the years.

Both Laurie and Andrea rarely make these type of missions, but when they do, the situation must require their presence. The last time they did, two years ago, they talked about the experience for the better part of a week.


Overflight: C-130 Hercules

The venerable C-130 Hercules transport aircraft is the backbone of the military airlift capability for the US Air Force, entering service in the 1950s. Through the years, its platform has been modified and updated as its mission role expanded. It is not uncommon to find the C-130s of the 302nd Airlift Wing, based at Peterson AFB, east of Colorado Springs, in the skies over the region. Their weekly flight routines, day and night, provide valuable training for the aircrews and the load crews in all kinds of conditions.









It’s always a special treat to watch them fly.


For more information on the C-130 Hercules aircraft, please read here. For more information on the 302nd Airlift Wing, please read here.