It’s impossible to beat certain views.
Flying high above the ocean on a beautiful day, dangling on a tether hooked to a Black Hawk helicopter would certainly qualify as one of those rare vantage points.
This past weekend, soldiers from 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy conducted special patrol insertion/extraction, or SPIE, training off the pristine coastline of Hawaii.
Fortunately for everyone else not enjoying the exclusive taxi service of a 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment Black Hawk, the soldiers receiving the lift employed a 360-degree camera for all to visually partake in the festivities.
SPIE operations, like the wet variety featured here, are designed for quick insertion or extraction of personnel of troops where a landing isn’t possible.
“Personnel, each wearing a harness with an attached snap link, hook into the SPIE rope,” the Facebook post said. “The helicopter lifts vertically until the personnel and the rope are clear of all obstructions and then transitions to forward flight.”
SPIE rigging has always been an entertaining spectacle unique to the military, but the employment of the 360-degree camera has taken oooh-ing and ahhh-ing to the next level.
This video kicks unparalleled portions of ass. Make your day better by enjoying it.
Jon Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times, and a USMC veteran.