Ron Webb clocked up a staggering 10,500 flying hours and 950 missions in over 30 years as a radar and winch operator
in the search and rescue helicopters.
The helicopter crew were captain Steve Gladston, co-pilot Danny Wright, winch operator
Neville Murphy and winchman Richie Wallace.
The winch operator
got a Queen's Commendation for bravery and the pilot and the winchman the Air Force Cross.
An ESID also protects the winch operator
should the strike occur while operating the machine.
Typical application is the winch operator
able to talk with the pilot during his operation.
THE UK's longest-serving search and rescue winch operator
has retired after saving more than 1000 people in a 44-year career.
He said that he has a duty of care for the crew, for the casualty in many cases as well, so he has to think very carefully and overall he has just three other people - a winchman and paramedic, co-pilot and winch operator
-whom he can rely on for his decision making.
I was completely reliant on my team, especially the captain and the winch operator
because they have to get me safely into position.
SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT) winch operator
Makhosi Mbongane told the Associated Press.
Sgt Graeme Livingstone said: "The scene was chaotic.
Sgt Graeme Livingstone, winch operator
aboard the RAF Sea King helicopter, said : "There was a lot of damage, tents and caravans are ruined, water is higher than car bonnets and all sorts of equipment including gas canisters is floating about.
They then join a Sea King crew which is made up of a captain, co-pilot, winchman and winch operator