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Outside ride, 1955

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 13, 2021

Al Ternes ©Stars and Stripes
South Korea, November, 1955: 1st Lt. Paul Blomquist, who pilots the air ambulances of the 54th Medical Detachment, secures a patient to the outside of his Bell H-13 Sioux helicopter. The aircraft is equipped with external stretchers — one on each side of the aircraft — to transport wounded soldiers quickly from battlefield to hospital. When only one patient is flown, sandbags are strapped to the other side to balance the weight.

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