It's the kind of ride you don't ever want to need - but it's nice to have it available if you do need it.
The air ambulance at Trinity Hospital is now in its 20th years of providing emergency transportation for people in dire need of medical care.
On Thursday, the North Star Criticare helicopter was parked at Ryan Chevrolet's parking lot, giving people a chance to get an up-close look at the flying emergency room.
Several chopper pilots were there to answer questions about the helicopter.
One veteran pilot we talked to said it's fun to host this type of event and see the reactions of kids getting to touch the machinery.
Dennis Simenson says responding to an accident scene to pick up seriously injured patients can be a charged atmosphere, but his experience helps him stay calm.
(Dennis Simenson, Helicopter Pilot) "I guess for me, I've been doing it for 45 years, still when I - I mean I landed on a trailer on a float in the parade and not a lot of people can do that - and I think I have confidence in myself and my abilities and it's a satisfying career for me."
North Star Criticare transports seriously ill or injured patients within a 150 mile radius of Minot.