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    20th SOS :

    1942 to present    







    20th Special Operations Squadron US Air Force

    20th Special Operations Squadron
    Originally an aerial reconnaissance unit during WWII.

    The Green Hornets were reactivated as 20th Helicopter Squadron in 1956. In 1968 was redesignated 20th SOS when around 20 UH-1F were drawn from 4 SAC bases and used to insert special forces troops into Vietnam and Laos on covert operations.

    On June 12, 2008 they perform their last flight with MH-53M Pave Low helicopters. They currently fly CV-22B Ospreys tilt-rotors.
    The 20th Helicopter Squadron was deployed to South Vietnam in Oct 1965.
    The unit started to take delivery of 15 MH-53J Pave Low III airframes in mid 1987 at Hurlburt Field.



    1971/72, UH-1Ns were in Vietnam as 20th SOS. Inactivated March 30, 1972 and sent to Hulbert Field Aux #9. In 1974 the squadron was to be shipped to other bases and 20th SOS reactivated at Aux #9 in 1976 when the UH-1Ns returned
    1971, Cam Rahn Bay, South Vietnam. I was assigned to the 20 SOS and went out to ban me thout along with 7 UH-1N and flew daily missions loaded with rockets to support ground troops in the area
    1971-1972, I was in cam Rahm bay 20th sos as no ice of gunners
    1976-1985, UH-1Ns assigned to the 20th SOSwere 69-6604, 69-6641, 69-6642, 69-6644, 69-6653 and 69-6654


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    News of 20th Special Operations Squadron


    CV-22B Osprey Crew Received Highest Honors, 22-Oct-15 : USAF 20th Special Operations Squadron CV-22B Osprey crew received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Valor for their actions on Dec. 5, 2014.

    1st SOW in operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield, 15-Nov-06 : HURLBURT FIELD, Fla ny Master Sgt Jeff Michalke , 16th SOW History Office - President George H.W. Bush ordered ground, sea and air forces to Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf as part of a multi-national operation named Desert Shield on Aug. 6, 1990.

    IDAS/MATT system guides 20th Special Operation Squadron, 19-Oct-98 : HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. by Staff Sgt. William J. Seabrook Jr. 16th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs - The 20th Special Operations Squadron's MH-53J Pave Lows, already among the world's most sophisticated helicopters, are now being equipped with a powerful new capability.



    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    2008/    Cannon AFBKCVS
    1976/08Hurlburt FieldKHRT
    1970/72VN Cam RanhVVCR
    1969/70VN Dong Tac / Tuy HoaVVTH
    1966/69TH Udorn Air BaseVTED
    1965/66VN Tan Son NhatVVTS
    1959/60Myrtle BeachKMYR
    1956/59Smyrna / Sewart AFBKMQY


    Models

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    YearsModels
    2008/    V-22 Osprey
    1998/08 S-65 H-53     MH-53M Pave Low IV
    1980/98S-65 H-53
    1976/85UH-1N
    1976/80S-61 H-3
    1971/72UH-1N
    1967/72UH-1F Iroquois
    1965/69S-61 H-3
    1956/60H-21




    Operations


    DatesOperation
    01-may-8330-sep-85 Operation BAT




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