57th Rescue Squadron drops in for a bird’s-eye view of Aviano

A C-130 from the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, passes over Aviano Air Base, Italy, on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, after taking part in a rare jump onto the base itself.


By KENT HARRIS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 16, 2018

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — The 57th Rescue Squadron doesn’t officially move to this air base from its home in England until later this year. But that didn’t stop some personnel from exploring their new digs this week.

That included personnel taking advantage of C-130 aircraft from Ramstein Air Base’s 86th Airlift Wing to make a rare jump onto the base – believed to be the first in more than two decades.

Aviano serves as the launching pad for regular training for the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza. But the “Sky Soldiers” generally use the designated landing zone outside the town of Vajont about 15 miles away.

The jumps by the 57th personnel – two on Thursday and one on Friday – took place thanks to clearance and cooperation with the Italian air force.

The 56th and 57th squadrons will bring their Pave Hawk helicopters with them when they move in Aviano in a few months, but they are also expected to train with the 173rd and Italian allies in various aircraft.


A C-130 from the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is dwarfed by the snow-capped mountains near Aviano Air Base, Italy, as it passes by during a jump onto the base on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

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