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Members of the U.S. Air Force 1st Helicopter Squadron got their first look at the MH-139A Grey Wolf in Richmond, Virginia, as it made its way from the Boeing production line in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Duke Field, Florida. Pilots from Boeing and Air Force Global Strike Command’s Detachment 7 jointly ferried the aircraft to its first stop, where it met its predecessor — a 1st Helicopter Squadron Huey. The MH-139A was on its way to Duke Field, where developmental test operations are being conducted by Boeing and the 413th Flight Test Squadron supported by AFGSC Detachment 7.
“Since the Air Force announced the fleet replacement of the Huey last December, our team has been waiting in anticipation to have eyes-on our future asset,” said U.S. Air Force Col Anne-Marie Contreras, 316th Operations group commander. “We are so impressed with the partnership Global Strike Command has extended to us to make sure our mission requirements are met with the Grey Wolf.”
As the lead command and operational capability requirements sponsor, AFGSC works closely with the other Air Force major commands and agencies that will operate the Grey Wolf, to include Air Force District of Washington, Air Education and Training Command and Air Force Materiel Command, to ensure their requirements were addressed.
“A crew from the detachment at Duke Field was sent to Boeing’s production line in Philadelphia to pick up the MH-139A Grey Wolf,” said AFGSC chief of intercontinental ballistic missile requirements, LCol Daniel Voorhies. “With the 1st Helicopter Squadron soon to be replacing the UH-1N Huey, we identified an opportunity for an impromptu exchange on the journey back to Florida.”