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45th Space Wing, 920th Rescue Wing hold astronaut recovery demo

An HC-130P/N King crew flies in formation with the two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters to showcase its aerial refueling capabilities during an astronaut rescue demonstration at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., March 14, 2016. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

An HC-130P/N King crew flies in formation with the two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters to showcase its aerial refueling capabilities during an astronaut rescue demonstration at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., March 14, 2016. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

The 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3 and the 920th Rescue Wing held an astronaut recovery demonstration March 14, 2016, along the Banana River, west of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft of the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

The 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3 and the 920th Rescue Wing held an astronaut recovery demonstration March 14, 2016, along the Banana River, west of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft of the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

Capt. Ryan Ruddy, 308th Rescue Squadron, left, participates in an astronaut recovery demonstration with Maj. Chris Slauson and Lt. Col. Marshall Hayes, both of the 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., March 14, 2016. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations.
Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

Capt. Ryan Ruddy, 308th Rescue Squadron, left, participates in an astronaut recovery demonstration with Maj. Chris Slauson and Lt. Col. Marshall Hayes, both of the 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., March 14, 2016. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

The 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3 and the 920th Rescue Wing held an astronaut recovery demonstration March 14, 2016, along the Banana River, west of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft of the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

The 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3 and the 920th Rescue Wing held an astronaut recovery demonstration March 14, 2016, along the Banana River, west of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft of the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

A 920th Rescue Wing aircraft drops Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen into the Banana River along the west side of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., March 14, 2016, in an astronaut recovery demonstration to showcase safe rescue operations with the 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

A 920th Rescue Wing aircraft drops Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen into the Banana River along the west side of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., March 14, 2016, in an astronaut recovery demonstration to showcase safe rescue operations with the 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Thacker/Released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 45th Operations Group's Detachment 3 and the 920th Rescue Wing held an astronaut recovery demonstration March 14, 2016, along the Banana River, west of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The demonstration involved Air Force Guardian Angel Airmen and aircraft of the 920th Rescue Wing to showcase aspects of safe rescue operations. Airmen from Detachment 3 coordinate astronaut capsule rescue and recovery and train personnel worldwide to ensure the Department of Defense is ready to support NASA's human space endeavors.