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38 RQS

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38th Rescue Squadron US Air Force

38th Rescue Squadron

1952-1956 - 38th Air Rescue Squadron (38 ARS)
1966-1989 - 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (38 ARRS)
1989-1994 - 38th Air Rescue Squadron (38 ARS)
1994-2001 - 38th Rescue Flight (38 RF)
2001-    - 38th Rescue Squadron (38 RQS)

Employs combat-ready pararescue (PJs) and supporting personnel worldwide. Maintains combat-ready status as a Guardian Angel rescue squadron. This squadron trains, equips and employs combat rescue officers, pararescue, survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) specialists and supporting personnel. Its members accomplish all five execution tasks of Personnel Recovery, specializing in survivor contact, treatment and extraction in denied, uncertain and hostile territories.

38th ARRS, Det.12 was the last Pedro HH-43 to fly in Thailand. Was at Utapao RTAB and the unit changed aircraft in August 1975 to the UH-1N. All of the HH43s from Ubon, Udorn, Karat were all flown to Utapao for dismantling. The unit was closed 31 January 1976

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2001/    Moody AFBKVAD
1981/96KR Osan Air BaseRKSO
1978/81Homestead AFBKHST
1965/71VN Tan Son NhatVVTS
1952/57JP Misawa Air BaseRJSM


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1990/95s-70 H-60
1979/90s-61 H-3
1978/80UH-1F Iroquois
1965/66s-61 H-3
1965/71H-43 Huskie
1954/57s-55 H-19
1953s-51 / R-5 / H-5

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List of Aircraft for 38 RQS / 38th ARRS / 38th ARS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
61-513 ch-3c 1964 63-9681 : del USAF as CH-3C 63-9681 21May64; conv CH-3E; xfer 38th ARRS, Ton Son Nhu+
61-514 ch-3c 1964 63-9682 : del USAF as CH-3C 63-9682 22May64; xfer 40th ARRS, Det 5, TAWC, Eglan AFB,+
61-515 ch-3c 1964 63-9683 : del USAF as CH-3C 63-9683 27May64; xfer 44th ARRS, Homestead AFB, FL Apr7+
61-517 ch-3c 1964 63-9685 : 38th ARRS w/o 06nov65 hit by ground fire during CSAR of an A-1E. Was 1st J+
61-518 ch-3c 1964 63-9686 : del USAF as CH-3C 63-9686 14Jul64; xfer 1370th OMRON, Turner AFB, GA 1967+
61-519 ch-3c 1964 63-9687 : del USAF as CH-3C 63-9687 14Jul64; conv CH-3E; xfer 100th SRW, 432nd TDG, +
61-528 ch-3c 1965 64-14225 : Sikorsky S-61R, c/n 61-528, ff?; del USAF as CH-3C 64-14225, 08Mar65; conv+
61-534 ch-3c 1965 64-14231 : 38th ARRS, w/o 29nov66 crashed
61-553 ch-3c 65-12778 : USAF; conv to HH-3E; 38th ARRS w/o 20jan66 during SAR mission
61-554 ch-3c 65-12779 : USAF; conv to HH-3E; 38th ARRS w/o 06feb67 during SAR mission
31001 UH-1N 68-10772 : Aug76 to Mar80 at least based at Det18, 38th ARRS in Plattsburgh AFB, NY .+
31004 UH-1N 68-10775 : 1976-1980, I was the crew chief for this bird at Det18, 38th ARRS Plattsbu+
70-1420 hh-60g 89-26197 : 2012 asg 38 RQS appear on Inside Combat Rescue TV series from National Geo+
70-1423 hh-60g 89-26200 : 2012 asg 38 RQS appear on Inside Combat Rescue TV series from National Geo+

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