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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
    12.704313AL Hatch Army Heliport, Alabama
    13.634411AL ECH Stagefield Army Heliport, 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 1993/21
    TH-55A Osage 1964/88
    ??/09ATTCUH-72A Lakota 2006/09

    Cairns AAF / Fort Rucker News

    USAF First Helicopter-Only Trained Pilots, 28-Jun-21 : #HelicopterOnly U.S. Air Force graduates first pilots from helicopter-only training since 1993. The first “Helicopter Training Next” (HTN) class went directly to Fort Rucker for TH-1 course instead of having a six-month period on T-6 Texan

    Women in Command at US Army Fort Rucker, 18-Jun-21 : #women For the first time, US Army 1st Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker training Center of Excellence has women in command of the brigade and its three battalions

    Farewell to TH-67 Creek, 20-Feb-21 : #Creek With a ceremony held at Fort Rucker the US Army retired the Bell TH-67A Creek as their basic trainer helicopter. Since 1993 over 25,000 American and foreign students were trained with the TH-67

    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

    02-Nov-19 - Ryan Aerospace Simulators for US Army #MilitaryPilot
    15-Oct-19 - “Project da Vinci” Transforms USAF’ Pilot Training #PilotTraining
    21-Aug-19 - 200th UH-72A Lakota Trainer Delivered to Fort Rucker #Lakota
    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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