2nd Lieutenant Kazuhiro Uchida joined the Japan Air Self Defense Force to fly fighters, but was instead transferred to fly helicopters. Reporting to Komatsu Air Base, he begins to learn the ins and outs of a Search and Rescue pilot, while coming to terms with his lost dream.
This work contains examples of:
- Ace Pilot: In an interestingly non-violent example, Hongou. He's said to be one of the top three helo pilots in Japan.
- Backed By The National Defense Agency: The production team received support and assistance from Komatsu Air Base and other JASDF personnel, and it shows.
- Badass Creed: "That others may live."
- Brand X: Among other things, Nesca Gold (Obviously Nescafe Gold coffee).
- Character Development: Uchida learns to let go of his old dream of being a fighter pilot, and embrace his role as a rescue helicopter pilot.
- Chekhov's Gun: The helicopter destroyer Haruna is stated to be one of the JSDF assets dispatched for rescue efforts in episode 2; Hongo later lands on her in episode 3.
- Conspicuous CG: Well, it is a show from 2006. It's quite obvious with the various aircraft seen.
- Cool Plane: The UH-60J Rescue Hawk, a Jack of All Stats search-and-rescue helicopter with equipment for any situation.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Hongou has this reputation. (Despite being a Major.)
- Ensign Newbie: Uchida begins the series as this, being newly-commissioned and just out of flight school.
- Infant Immortality: It appears this is in effect with a little girl who was injured when her house collapsed. Despite the best efforts of everyone, including Hongo making his first ever landing on the flight deck of a ship in rough seas, she dies.
- Helicopter Rescue: The entire point of the Rescue Wing's many squadrons is to provide this.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Occurs midway during a rescue; the local Fire Department insists on rescuing a stranded cable car in high winds, even though it's pointed out that this is the worst situation possible for their light helicopter. When their attempt fails, the fire department swallow their pride and call in the Rescue Wing.
- Kaiju Defense Force: Uchida is a pilot in the Komatsu Air Rescue Wing, other JASDF fighter squadrons appear from time to time, and in episode 3 Hongou lands on JDS Haruna to refuel.
- Most Wonderful Sound: In-universe, the sound of a Rescue Hawk's rotors.
- Take a Third Option: In Episode 3, Hongo is attempting to transport a victim to a hospital on the mainland, but the 80km/h typhoon winds mean that he has two choices: fly ahead until he runs out of fuel and crashes in the sea, or turn back to the island to wait for better weather and lose the patient. The crew manage to come up with a third option: landing on the destroyer Haruna to refuel. Sadly, it still doesn't pay off.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the series, Uchida has become a competent rescue Hawk pilot in his own right.