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On 11 August 1944 an electric-powered rescue hoist was installed on an HNS-1 helicopter at CGAS Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y. During a four-day test period in Jamaica Bay, the feasibility of rescuing people from the water was demonstrated, above. Six weeks later, a hydraulic hoist, which overcame the disadvantages of the electric hoist, was installed and successfully tested, leading to its adoption for service use.

The first widespread use of the helicopter in a lifesaving role was during the Korean War. Below, an HO3S-1 from Marine Observation Squadron 6 evacuates a wounded man during combat on 3 October 1950.

Naval Aviation's peacetime and combat experience with the helicopter proved the versatility of rotary-wing aircraft. From military helos rescuing stranded flood victims and hikers, to community emergency services medical evacuation aircraft, the helicopter has become a fixture in both military and civilian lifesaving.
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Title Annotation:electric-powered rescue hoist was installed on an HNS-1 helicopter
Publication:Naval Aviation News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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