U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Routt an HC-130P pilot with the 550th Special Operations Squadron, waits to taxi after transporting two injured Afghan local nationals to Khandahar Airfield, Afghanistan for treatment, April 9, 2012.
Lt. Col. Routt is currently the oldest active pilot in the Air Force and is augmenting for the 71st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. The mission of the 71st EQRS is to provide personnel recovery, casualty evacuation and aeromedical evacuation assets to hostile locations. The 71st EQRS is the only fixed wing aircraft squadron dedicated to medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo (DVIDS)