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Fort Rucker/Ozark, Alabama



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5.4000 Fort Rucker Aviation Museum, Alabama
6.2036KFHK Knox AHP / Fort Rucker, Alabama
9.6338KLOR Lowe Army Heliport, Alabama
9.6035KHEY Hanchey AAF / Fort Rucker, Alabama
14.900816AL Hooper Field, Alabama
15.511124AL Fort Rucker / Dothan, Alabama

31° 16' 33'' N - 85° 42' 48'' W
Fort Rucker, Alabama
Elevation: 301 feet

History of this Location

Acquired in 1952 as Ozark Army Airfield until January 1959 when was renamed Cairns AAF after General Bogardus Snowden Cairns, who crashed in his helicopter on 09dec58.

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List of units at Cairns AAF / Fort Rucker

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2009/11AFTD206 2009/16
UH-72A Lakota 2009/   
414 - H-47D Chinook 2009/   
S-70 H-60 2009/   
1994/    23 FTSTH-1H Iroquois 2007/   
UH-1H Iroquois 1994/13
1984/    DCSO206 2002/   
1973/    1-223 AVNCH-47F Chinook 2011/   
S-70 H-60
414 - H-47D Chinook
1954/    US Army Aviation SchoolUH-72A Lakota 2015/   
TH-67A Creek 1993/   
TH-55A Osage 1964/88
??/09ATTCUH-72A Lakota 2006/09

Cairns AAF / Fort Rucker News

Fight Readiness of US Army Trainers, 19-Mar-20 : #MFEDS US Army’s first Modernized Flexible Engine Diagnostic System (MFEDS) operating at Fort Rucker, Alabama ensures the flight readiness of engines after repair and before they are reinstalled on an aircraft.

USAF Produces Helicopter Pilots Using Virtual Reality, 15-Dec-19 : USAF 23rd Flying Training Squadron revolutionizes the way pilots are trained under the “da Vinci” project by using virtual reality technology to up their numbers without having to sacrifice excellence. By reducing flight hours from 105 to 60, the new training system saves more than $5.7M per year

Ryan Aerospace Simulators for US Army, 02-Nov-19 : #MilitaryPilot US Army acquired more than 30 HELIMOD Mark III helicopter simulators from Ryan Aerospace (Australia) to be used at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the world’s largest helicopter training facility

“Project da Vinci” Transforms USAF’ Pilot Training, 15-Oct-19 : #PilotTraining USAF’ 23rd Flying Training Squadron (23 FTS) implementing new rotary-wing helicopter pilot training under “Project da Vinci” (or “Rotary-Wing Next” ) in Fort Rucker Alabama in order to reduce time from 28 to 14 weeks needed for the formation of UH-1N, HH-60G and CV-22 students

200th UH-72A Lakota Trainer Delivered to Fort Rucker, 21-Aug-19 : #Lakota Airbus’ Columbus, Mississippi facility delivered the 200th UH-72A Lakota to the US Army training center at Fort Rucker, Alabama. In 2014 was chosen to replace both the OH-58 and TH-67A (Bell 206) in the training role. It is the 444th Lakota helicopter delivered since 2006 to the Army, National Guard and Navy.

09-Mar-18 - US Army Orders 35 UH-72A Lakota Valued $273M
17-Feb-17 - RAH-66 Comanche on Display at Fort Rucker
12-Jan-17 - CAE Wins US Army US$ 450 M Contract
01-Dec-16 - Lakota Simulators at Flight School XXI
18-Jan-16 - Visual Display Systems for UH-72A Lakota
07-Jul-15 - Seventh and Eight UH-72A Trainers for US Army
02-Dec-14 - First UH-72A Flight Simulator at Ft Rucker Accepted
16-Jan-14 - Day in the life of a student helicopter pilot
24-Aug-99 - Northrop Grumman Flight Tests of DIRCM

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