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U.S. Helps Train Afghan Helo Mechanics

By Staff Writer | March 30, 2009

U.S. airmen from the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron based at Kedena Air Base on Okinawa are helping to train Afghan mechanics in the maintenance of Mil Mi-17 helicopters. The collaboration is part of a continuing effort by the U.S. to help the military of Afghanistan become totally self-sufficient. Some USAF mechanics spent 30 days in the Ukraine familiarizing themselves with the helicopter’s design, as well as Russian-labeled parts and documents, before beginning their six-month tour at Kedena. The Mi-17, NATO designation “Hip-H,” is a twin-engine utility helicopter capable of carrying up to 30 soldiers. It is a variant of the Mi-8, which was first flown in 1961. For additional aircraft information 


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