ARCHIVE PHOTO OF THE DAY
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.
Stars and Stripes' 1955 story about the outside rides.