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No One Enjoyed the Air Power Demo at Nellis AFB as Much as This Door Gunner! | The Aviationist

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The Aviation Nation Aviation Show, one of the best air displays in the world, made a beautiful post-pandemic comeback last weekend at Nellis AFB outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The three-day celebration, which took place between November 4 and 6, 2022, was attended by “more than 100,000 individuals,” according to news3lv.com, a local Las Vegas news source.  In these pictures, the door gunner of the HH-60G Pave Hawk combat rescue helicopter of the 66th Rescue Squadron from Nellis clearly has the best view, is closest to the action, and is having the most fun. Aviation photographers from all over the world captured images of this unidentified, but now famous, door gunner leaning half outside the open door of his aircraft as it banked 45 degrees while maintaining an orbit over another Pave Hawk that was simulating a fast-rope insertion of Pararescue forces and the winch recovery of personnel during the Combined Arms Demonstration (CAD) at Aviation Nation. When F-16 Aggressors pretended to launch an airstrike on Nellis AFB, a quick-reaction force consisting of an F-22 Raptor, F-16 Vipers, and two F-35A Lightning IIs was prompted to respond. A simulated enemy special operations force had sneakily entered the base on the ground in the scenario. The Air Force Special Operations personnel in all-terrain vehicles and the HH-60G Pave Hawks replied in turn.



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