The BETA Technologies ALIA team waited and watched as an HH-60W Jolly Green II dropped in fast to the clearing beside them deep within the Eglin range.

As soon as it touched down, USAF special mission aviators were out the helicopter’s side door carrying a casualty on a stretcher.  The BETA team and the SMEs met in the middle of an austere runway to transfer the casualty.  The BETA team began loading the stretcher as the HH-60 departed.  BETA’s all-electric aircraft, the ALIA, lifted off minutes later.

BETA’s ALIA team has spent the last few months testing the aircraft with the 413th FLTS.  The extensive testing was a series of operational experiments guided by the rotary-wing test squadron.

“The 413th FLTS took great care to train and prepare our team for the next step and the casualty evacuation mission was an incredible opportunity to keep moving our program forward by carrying out this scenario with the Air Force,” said Chris Caputo, former fighter squadron commander and BETA test pilot.

The goal of the exercise and BETA’s deployment to Eglin for test was to assess the ALIA’s ability and performance in specific military scenarios.

“During these exercises, the goal is to augment the existing fleet with additional low-cost assets to assist in mission execution so battlefield aircraft can stay in the fight,” said Maj. Riley Livermore, 413 FLTS Futures Flight commander.