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56th RQS

1952 to present    

56th Rescue Squadron
Tail code LN, is part of 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England which also includes the 57th Rescue Squadron (57 RQS) with PJs (Pararescuemen or Parajumpers )

1988/06 was 48th Group, tail code IS, based at Keflavik, Iceland.

1952 - 1962 : 56th Air Rescue Squadron (56 ARS)
1972 - 1975 : 56th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (56 ARRS)
1989 - 1993 : 56th Air Rescue Squadron (56 ARS)
From 1993 : 56th RQS
On January 7, 2014 a Lakenheath-based Pave Hawk helicopter crashed during a night low-level training exercise between a beach car park at Cley and Eastbank, near Salthouse.

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USAF PJs in CSAR Demo at RAF Lakenheath, 22-Apr-16 : RAF Lakenheath new drop zone was the scenario for USAF 48th Security Forces Squadron, the 56th and 57th Rescue Squadron showcasing pararescuemen (PJs) in a CSAR demonstration from Pave Hawk helicopter

USAF Lakenheath Squadrons to Relocate to Aviano, 05-Nov-15 : U.S. Air Force announced that 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons (RQS), 5 HH-60G and PJs respectively totalling 350 personnel, from RAF Lakenheath, UK are relocating to Aviano Air Base, Italy in 2017

USAF Pave Hawks Training with RAF Tornados, 13-Mar-15 : 31 Squadron RAF exchange pilots train in combat search and rescue (CSAR), and specifically the role of the RAF Tornado GR-4 in on-scene command, with RAF Lakenheath based USAF Pave Hawks

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2006/    UK RAF LakenheathEGUL
1988/06IS KeflavikBIKF
1972/75TH KhoratVTUN


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1992/    s-70 H-60
1988/92s-61 H-3
1972/75H-43 Huskie

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List of Aircraft for 56th RQS / 56th ARS / 56th ARRS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
61-583 ch-3e 1967 66-13285 : Sep91 type:HH-3E 56th ARS
- N614DR : reg 1997
: private at Silvers, Yuba City, CA from 20aug13
61-617 ch-3e 67-14715 : USAF; Sep91 type:HH-3E 56th ARS
61-645 ch-3e 69-5801 : Sep91 type:HH-3E 56th ARS
Tunisian Air Force L82101 : Tunisia, ex USAF 69-5801
70-1306 hh-60g 88-26109 : unk date asg 56th RQS pictured (pic2) on HMS Illustrious
: asg 56th RQS at NAS Keflavik, Iceland; 2006 moved to RAF Lakenheath, Engla+
: 2007 56th RQS pictured (pic3) at the Paris Air Show
: w/o 07jan14 asg 56th RQS crash on North Norfolk coast England during train+
70-1434 hh-60g 89-26205 : USAF; from UH-60L; 25jul93 pictured (top) with 56th RQS in original woodl+
: Apr15 56th RQS in Joint Warrior 15-1 in Scotland
70-1435 hh-60g 89-26206 : 2011 ass 56th RQS /LN at RAF Lakenheath, UK
: 21apr16 asg 56th RQS /LN picture (pic2) in CSAR demo with 57th RQS PJs at +
70-1439 hh-60g 89-26208 : 20aug94 pictured (top) still in greenland livery as /IS-208 with then icel+
: 08jul12 pictured (bot) with 56th RQS /LN at RIAT 2012; 2013 still
70-1452 hh-60g 89-26212 : USAF; conv from UH-60L; 1995 56th RQS
: 29jul09 pictured (pic2) with 56th RQS at RNAS Culdrose Air Day; 2013 still
: 16jan15 pictured (pic3) with 56th RQS at RAF Lakenheath
70-1654 hh-60g 91-26353 : Mar14 as /FT but with 56th RQS at RAF Lakenheath


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