It would be difficult to keep track of all the different operations that U.S. military rotorcraft do in one week. But these photos from the week of March 11 to 17 just about sums it up. From sitting on display, to undergoing maintenance to conducting training, U.S. Defense keeps its helicopters busy, even when they're not performing combat operations.
The King on Display
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion sits on the flightline at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, on March 11 during the 2017 NAF El Centro Airshow. The Sikorsky CH-53 is the heaviest and largest helicopter used in the U.S. military, capable of carrying 16 tons of cargo or enough Marines for combat or humanitarian missions. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
Getting Under the Blades
Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Taylor Adam of Helicopter Squadron Combat 3 is completing final maintenance on a Sikorsky MH60-S Seahawk on the flightline at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California, on March 11. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy
A Bell Helicopter UH-1 Huey with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 269 lands during a cold-weather exercise at Fort Drum, New York, March 13. HMLA-269 participated in the cold weather training to develop skills and better prepare the unit for extreme weather conditions. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct routine maintenance on a Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter during maneuvers training exercise at 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, on March 15. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army
U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, observe the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area from the tailgate of a Boeing CH-47F Chinook during maneuvers training exercise, Germany, March 15. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army