Return to Human Spaceflight to U.S. Soil

Master Sgt. Dan, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviator, looks at the camera inside an HH-60G Pave Hawk on May 30, 2020 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)
Master Sgt. Dan, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviator, looks at the camera inside an HH-60G Pave Hawk on May 30, 2020 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Master Sgt. Dan, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviator, looks at the camera inside an HH-60G Pave Hawk on May 30, 2020 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Senior Master Sgt. Scott and Master Sgt. Dan, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviators, look at the camera inside an HH-60G Pave Hawk on May 30, 2020 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)
Senior Master Sgt. Scott and Master Sgt. Dan, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviators, look at the camera inside an HH-60G Pave Hawk on May 30, 2020 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule launches from Space Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 30, 2020 marking the return of human spaceflight in the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

A 301st Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk pilot looks outward towards the flight line prior to taxiing on May 30, 2020 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Master Sgt. Dan, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviator, looks at the camera inside an HH-60G Pave Hawk on May 30, 2020 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Master Sgt. Dan, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviator, holds the American Flag from inside an HH-60G Pave Hawk on May 30, 2020 while the helicopter flew over the beaches nearby Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Senior Master Sgt. Scott, 301st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviator, looks outward from inside an HH-60G Pave Hawk on May 30, 2020 while the helicopter flew over the beaches nearby Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Special Missions Aviators perform essentially all other tasks other than piloting the aircraft, including acting as Flight Engineer, Loadmaster, Aerial Gunner, Navigator, Weapons System Specialist, Electronic Warfare Officer, Radio Operator, Sensor Operator and Combat Systems Officer. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Where the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, launched from at Space Launch Complex 39A on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 30, 2020 marking the return of human spaceflight in the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule launches from Space Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 30, 2020 marking the return of human spaceflight in the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule launches from Space Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 30, 2020 marking the return of human spaceflight to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule launches from Space Launch Complex 39A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 30, 2020 marking the return of human spaceflight to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

301st Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots prepare to lift-off on May 30, 2020 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The 301st RQS, 920th Rescue Wing, operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, conducting both peacetime and combat search-and-rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

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