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Monday, March 30, 2009

U.S. Helps Train Afghan Helo Mechanics

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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