An Air Force security forces Humvee (High Mobility Multipurpose Utility Vehicle) stuck in the mud since early April is now free thanks to the Montana Army National Guard.
The Billings Gazette reports a helicopter crew returned the Humvee to Malmstrom Air Force Base after it spent weeks stranded on a Montana dirt road.
The Humvee was removed by a powerful CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The took about 30 minutes, from preparing the Humvee for flight to the moment its wheels returned to dry ground, said Maj. Christopher Lende, chief of public affairs for Montana National Guard, in email to the Billings Gazette.
Lende said “sling load operations” are a training task Army aviation units are required to demonstrate. The recovery was a joint effort with the United States Air Force. Once the helicopter set the Humvee back on the ground, the vehicle was met with a ground-recovery team.
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