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20th SOS

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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.

Uh-1Ns were in Vietnam 1971/72 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
UH-1Ns assigned to the 20th SOS between 1976-1985 were 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.


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


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2008/    v-22 Osprey
1998/08 S-65 H-53     MH-53M Pave Low IV
1980/98S-65 H-53
1976/80S-61 H-3
1967/72UH-1F Iroquois
1965/69S-61 H-3

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List of Aircraft for 20th SOS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
D1011 cv-22b 05-0030 : Oct11 20th SOS
D1014 cv-22b 2007 07-0033 : USAF; end Mar-Apr11 tdy Mildenhall 20th SOS
D1015 cv-22b 2008 07-0034 : May12 20th SOS
D1017 cv-22b 08-0036 : May12 20th SOS
D1018 cv-22b 2008 08-0037 : USAF; end Mar-Apr11 tdy Mildenhall 20th SOS
D1019 cv-22b 08-0038 : USAF; end Mar-Apr11 tdy Mildenhall 20th SOS
D1020 cv-22b 08-0039 : USAF; end Mar-Apr11 tdy Mildenhall 20th SOS
D1021 cv-22b 2010 08-0040 : May12 20th SOS
D1034 cv-22b 08-0048 : USAF; 2012 20th SOS; 2015 still
D1035 cv-22b 2012 08-0049 : USAF; 2014 20th SOS
D1025 cv-22b 2011 09-0044 : USAF, 2011 20th SOS, 27th SOW; 2014 still
D1027 cv-22b 2011 09-0046 : USAF d/d Dec11; Jan13 20th SOS; 2014 7th SOS; Apr15 rtn to USA
D1028 cv-22b 2012 10-0052 : USAF; 2013 20th SOS
D1032 cv-22b 10-0056 : USAF; 2013 20th SOS, 27th SOW; 2015 still
D1047 cv-22b 12-0066 : USAF; 2015 20th SOS
7011 UH-1F 63-13151 : 14SOW 20th SOS w/o 19may69 at Ban Don Vietnam. aircraft rescue sling load+
7043 UH-1F 64-15493 : USAF 20th Helicopter Squadron, later the 20th Special Operations Squadron +
7070 UH-1F 65-7929 : USAF; conv UH-1P; 1969 pictured with 20th SOS over Cambodia; 14jul69 autor+
7077 UH-1F 65-7936 : USAF; May68-Dec69, I was crewchief at 381st Missile Wing (SAC) transferri+
- N981 : US Dept of Commerce (Rockville, Maryland) Nov75-Jul95
7089 UH-1F 65-7948 : 1978-1985 was at Luke AFB, AZ. It had more comm gear than our other UH-1Ps+
Carson Helicopters N7045C : Carson Leasing & Equity Inc at Salem, OR Jun93-Nov12; canc
65-142 HH-53C 67-14993 : USAF; conv to MH-53M; 20th SOS w/o 19mar03
65-186 HH-53C 68-10356 : USAF; conv to MH-53J; 1991 20th SOS; 2007 to AMARG
65-194 HH-53C 68-10364 : USAF; conv to MH-53J; 02jun99 crash Fort Bragg, NC, repaired?; 20th SOS; A+
65-199 HH-53C 68-10369 : 20aug08 pictured with 20th SOS flying over coastline near Hurlburt Field, +
65-253 CH-53C 68-10924 : conv to MH-53M; 2005 20th SOS Hurlburt Field, FL
65-259 CH-53C 68-10930 : USAF; conv to MH-53M; 13feb03 20th SOS damaged at Kuwait; repaired?
65-149 HH-53C 68-8286 : USAF; conv to MH-53M; 20th SOS; w/o 18mar02 Afghanistan
65-270 HH-53C 69-5791 : USAF; conv to HH-53H; conv to MH-53M; 20th SOS w/o 02nov01 Afghanistan
65-272 HH-53C 69-5793 : USAF; date unk pictured with 41st ARRS at McClellan AFB, CA; conv MH-5+
65-273 HH-53C 69-5794 : 20th SOS w/o 07sep07 emergency landing during NVG training at Eglin AFB, 2+
65-276 HH-53C 69-5797 : conv to MH-53M; 20th SOS w/o 13apr04 hit by RPG at Zawbaa, Iraq
31010 UH-1N 69-6604 : USAF; 1976-1985 asg 20th SOS at Hulbert Field
31027 UH-1N 69-6621 : USAF 20th SOS, w/o 04dec71 Ban Me Thout, Vietnam; only USAF UH-1N lost to +
31047 UH-1N 69-6641 : USAF; 1976-1985 asg 20th SOS at Hulbert Field
31048 UH-1N 69-6642 : USAF; 1976-1985 asg 20th SOS at Hulbert Field
31050 UH-1N 69-6644 : USAF; 1976-1985 asg 20th SOS at Hulbert Field
: From May83 20th SOS in Operation BAT against illegal drug smuggling on Ba+
31059 UH-1N 69-6653 : 1976-1985 asg 20th SOS at Hulbert Field, FL
: 1976-1977, I was crew chief on this at Hurlburt Field 20th SOS. It was tra+
31060 UH-1N 69-6654 : USAF; 1976-1985 asg 20th SOS at Hulbert Field
65-335 CH-53C 70-1625 : 20th SOS w/o 23nov03 at Bagram, Afghanistan
65-388 HH-53C 1974 73-1650 : USAF; conv HH-53H; 20th SOS w/o 14nov84 near Pope AFB North Carolina, tai+
65-389 HH-53C 1974 73-1651 : USAF; conv HH-53H; 20th SOS w/o May 1986 or 1988 impacted ridgeline near N+
65-390 HH-53C 1974 73-1652 : 06jun08 pictured (top) with 20th SOS at Pipestem, WV during the squadron f+


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