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    US Air Force


    302nd SOS :

    1956 to 1987    




    302d Special Operations Squadron
    1956 - 302 Air Rescue Squadron ( 302 ARS ), Air Force Reserve (AFRES)
    1966 - 302 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron ( 302 ARRS )
    1974 - 302 Special Operations Squadron ( 302 SOS )
    1987 - 302 Tactical Fighter Squadron ( 302 TFS )

    The 302nd Rescue Squadron flew HU-16B Albatross aircraft before being transferred to the Air Force Reserve. In 1971 they received HH-34J Choctaw (refurbished SH/UH-34J Seabat) helicopters. The unit transitioned into HH-3E Jolly Green Giants and UH-1H Hueys in 1974.



    1950s My Father flew with this squadron in the Air Force reserves out of Luke Air Force Base. He flew the HU-16B Albatross. He died in 1960. I am trying to find information about my father as I was 12 when he died
    Late 70s, I was assigned to the 302 SOS as a flight Medic at Luke AFB flying HH-3E and UH-1H Hueys. Dale Day.
    Late 70s, I was assigned to the 302 SOS in maint. at Luke AFB. Joyce
    1985-1987, I worked in the 302d SOS Reserve Unit at Luke Air Base, AZ. The Commander was Lt Col Richard Davis. I worked for the Director of Operations (DO) Maj Thomas W. Spencer. The guys were flying the CH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter. They flew rescue missions, military special training flights and flew missions with the Navy Seals using Night Vision Goggles (NVG). I was the Secretary to the DO. Winona Cox
    The 302nd SOS was still flying in 1990-1991. They deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I was with Base Flight at Luke from 1977-1985 on the UH-1s. I dont recall all the tail numbers over the years, but 6625 and 6648 were Ps. 6620 was an F. 493 was a P and is a static display in the Hurlburt Field Airpark.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1960/87Luke AFBKLUF




    Models

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    YearsModels
    1974/87S-61 H-3
    1974/87HH-1H Iroquois
    1971/74 S-58 H-34     HH-34J Choctaw




    302nd SOS List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    58-915 hss-1n 145678 : USAF, ex USN 145678; 1971 302nd ARS
    United States Naval Aviation 145678 : del USN as HSS-1N, 145678, unk; redesig UH-34J, Oct62; wfu & stor MASDC as+
    58-1272 hss-1n 148014 : USAF, ex USN 148014; 1971 304th ARS; to 302nd ARS
    United States Naval Aviation 148014 : del USN as HSS-1N, 148014 unk; redesig SH-34J, Oct62; wfu & stor MASDC as +
    - C-GMMR : Keystone Aerial Harvesting at Nakusp, BC 1980-1983; nicknamed IGOR;
    : Terr-Air Rotary from Jan83; pictured at Langley Regional airport, Langle+
    58-1278 hss-1n 148019 : USAF, ex USN 148019; 1971 302nd ARS
    United States Naval Aviation 148019 : del USN as HSS-1N, 148019 unk; redesig SH-34J, Oct62; wfu & stor MASDC as +
    58-1313 hss-1n 148938 : rts & xfer NARF Pensacola, FL, 22APR71; redesig HH-34J, unk; xfer 302nd AR+
    United States Naval Aviation 148938 : del USN as HSS-1N, 148938 unk; redesig SH-34J unk; wfu & stor MASDC as HD0+
    58-1326 hss-1n 148942 : USAF, ex USN 148942; 1971-1974 302nd ARS
    United States Naval Aviation 148942 : USN HSS-1N, redesig SH-34J Oct62; to MASDC as 3H???? unk; Jun71 to USAF +
    - N942HH : Apr85-Apr11; canc
    - 148942 : 26jun15 pictured in paintball park, Bothwell, Manitoba, Canada
    58-1343 hss-1n 148953 : USAF, ex USN 148953; 1971 302nd ARS
    United States Naval Aviation 148953 : del USN as HSS-1N, unk; redesig SH-34J, Oct62; unit xfers unk; wfu & stor +
    58-1353 hss-1n 1961 148957 : USAF, ex USN 148957; 1971 302nd ARS
    United States Naval Aviation 148957 : Sikorsky HSS-1N, c/n 58-1353, ff?; del USN as 148957, 26Jun61; soc as SH-3+
    - TI-SPJ : conv S-58ET, unk; xfer MAP to Costa Rica Ministry of Security as S-58ET, T+
    61-508 ch-3c 1963 63-9676 : del USAF as CH-3C 63-9676, 31Dec63; conv CH-3E unk; xfer 20th Heli Sq, Udo+
    61-543 ch-3c 1965 65-5692 : Sikorsky S-61R, c/n 61-540, ff?; del USAF as CH-3C 65-5692, 10Jan65; conv +
    61-548 ch-3c 1966 65-5697 : Sikorsky S-61R, c/n 61-548, ff?; del USAF as CH-3C 65-5697, 09Mar66; conv +
    61-609 ch-3e 67-14707 : USAF; Sep78 pictured with 302nd SOS AFRES at Luke AFB, Arizona; conv HH-3E+
    United States Naval Aviation 714707 : xfer 3aug72: soc 14mar73.
    Tunisian Air Force L82103 : Tunisia, ex USAF 67-14707





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