Quick-thinking medical staff in Norway saved a patient’s life by calling in an F-16 fighter jet to whisk life saving medical equipment from one hospital to another, media reports said on Friday.
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Staff [in Trondheim] contacted the air force on April 4th for help in transporting the equipment – a request that came in just as two F-16 fighter jets were getting ready to take off from an airbase near Trondheim, the reports said.
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In a stroke of good luck, one of the fighter jets was equipped with an external hold that allowed it to transport equipment. The machine was loaded onto the aircraft, which made for Bodo at top speed.
“Usually we cover that distance in 35 minutes,” air squadron head Borge Kleppe told Norwegian daily Verdens Gang.
“But given the special nature of the cargo, the pilot stepped on it and arrived at the destination less than 25 minutes later,” he added.
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S. K. said in his e-mail:
“Figured I’d help ‘pile on’ the Norwegians. They are some of the best F16 pilots I have had the pleasure of training.”
That was some very fast flying, and the patient’s life was saved. Kudos to the pilots concerned.