Air Force screens true-life rescue films

February 7, 2013 

— U.S. Air Forces Central Command will host a free screening of the National Geographic Documentary “Inside Combat Rescue” Saturday at the Sumter Opera House.

The 7 p.m. showing, which is open to the public, will feature the first episode of the six-part documentary. The film features real footage of airmen saving the lives of NATO forces, Afghan Security Forces and civilians.

A first of its kind project for the Air Force, National Geographic embedded film crews with air rescue teams from Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Air Forces Central Command and U.S. Army Central Command, also located at Shaw are responsible for all the wartime planning and equipping of forces throughout Afghanistan, as well as the Middle East. The Ninth Air Force, located at Shaw, is responsible for organizing, training and equipping the airmen from Moody featured in the film.

In addition to videographers on the ground, more than 40 cameras mounted on airmen’s helmets and in the helicopters recorded numerous mission in the summer of 2012. The missions originated from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Parents are strongly cautioned that the film contains scenes that may not be suitable for young children.

The documentary will air at 10 p.m. Feb. 18 on the National Geographic Channel.

-- Jeff Wilkinson

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