In a non-tactical situation recommend removal of tail rotor
blades prior to recovery or tail rotor blade post recovery
inspection shall be performed.
h. To prevent tail rotor blade flapping tie the lower blade from the tail rotor to the helicopter using a fixed length
tie-down (without snap hook).
Drogue Chute Installation
As determined by ground crew, a drogue chute may be
attached to the disabled helicopter to facilitate stable flight.
(1) Secure drogue chute to the tail end of tail-boom. Do not deploy drogue chute until recovery helicopter
has hovered over disabled or damaged helicopter.
The disabled helicopter is now ready for hookup to the recovery helicopter.
9. RIG RECOVERY HELICOPTER (Figures 1 and 5, and Table 3)
Figure 1 details the disabled and recovery helicopter
rigging. Reference numbers in the following text that are
outlined in parentheses [i.e., (1), (2), etc.] refer to Figure 1,
View A and Table 3 item numbers. Refer to Figure 1, View
A and Table 3 for configuration guidance.
Use of a cargo hook thimble is required when the center
cargo hook of a CH-47 is being used; the UH-60 does not
use a thimble.
a. If the recovery helicopter is a UH-60 proceed to the next step. If the recovery helicopter is a CH-47 place a
cargo hook thimble (18, Figure 1, View A, and Figure 5) into the single eye end of heavy weight black/white
Figure 5. Typical Cargo Hook Thimble Installation (Shown in Double-Eye Configuration)
b. Connect the single eye end of heavy weight black/white sling (16, Figure 1, View A) with the hook thimble
installed (if applicable), to the recovery helicopter center cargo hook.
c. Pull free end of heavy weight black/white sling through center cargo hook hole and secure until helicopter
being recovered is ready for hook-up.