usa 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron

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37th ARRS

   





Helicopters

37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
The 37th ARRS was activated during the Korean War when helicopters were first used for medical evacuation.

The Jolly Green served during the Vietnam War where in addition to their helicopters they also flew the Grumman HU-16 Albatros amphibious flying boat and the HC-130 specialized variant of the Hercules transport. They carried out numerous search and rescue operations in combat areas and participated in the evacuations of Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Saigon (Vietnam) and also provided service during the assault on Koh Tang Island during the Mayaguez incident.

After the Vietnam War, 37th ARRS was deactivated, only to be reactivated in December 1973.



Det.1 had HH-1H at Davis-Monthan AFB for missile site support during the mid 70s until closing in late 1985
Det.2 had UH-1F at Ellsworth AFB
Det.3 had UH-1F and HH-1H at Grand forks AFB, later 79 RQF (Rescue Flight)
Det.4 at Little Rock AFB
Det.5 at Malmstrom AFB since 1964 until redesignated 40th Helicopter Flight in 1998
Det.6 at McConnell AFB
Det.7 at Minot AFB, later 54 HF
Det.8 at Vandenberg AFB, later 76 HF
Det.9 at Whiteman AFB
Det.10 at F. E. Warren AFB, later 37 HS



When 37 ARRS was reactivated on 1 Dec 73, there were 9 geographically separated detachments and a headquarters flight at FE Warren AFB WY. The headquarters flight was later redesignated as a detachment. All of the detachments had UH-1F helicopters and supported operational missile wings except for Det 8 which had UH-1Ns and supported missile test and evaluation activities at Vandenberg AFB. Dets 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 supported Minuteman III wings. Dets 1, 4, and 6 supported Titan II wings. In 1974, MAC reorganized combat rescue units in Europe that were flying the HH-1H. One closed down. I believe it was at Aviano AB Italy. Another was at Zaragoza AB Spain and converted from HH-1H to UH-1N. All the HH-1H aircraft from Europe were shipped to the US and were distributed to the three dets of the 37 ARRS that supported Titan II missiles. The HH-1H had a much shorter fuel range and it was not feasible to support the more widely dispersed Minuteman III sites with these aircraft. I was stationed at Little Rock AFB and ferried 70-2485 from Plattsburgh AFB NY to Little Rock on September 9-12, 1974. This was our second HH-1H to arrive. Dets 1, 4, and 6 received their HH-1H aircraft at approximately the same time and continued to fly them until Titan II missiles were deactivated in the mid-80s. As the Titan II units deactivated, the HH-1Hs were sent to Minuteman III bases (see note about Det 3 ). When the 40 ARRS detachments began deactivating in 1988, all the HH-1Hs were replaced by UH-1Ns. h3driver
HQ 37th ARRSq: MAC was reactivated at FE Warren AFB, WY 01dec73. They were located upstairs in a former Atlas Missile assembly building designated as Building 1250. ARRSq-FLT was located downstairs in the same building.
Detachment 1, 37th ARRS: at Davis Monthan AFB in 1974-1978 we had UH-1F to start and soon were changed to HH-1H tail number were 70-2471,70-2472 and 70-2458.. I was crew chief of 2471 and also hoist instructor enjoyed flying..
Detachment 1, 37th ARRS: 1974-76, I was Ops Officer and one of two pilots selected to become rescue hoist operator instructors on the HH-1H's so the unit could be certified to use the built in rescue hoists and begin training the NCO hoist operators (Robby Lynch was the other pilot selected) . I made the first two (civilians) saves credited to the unit using the hoist. Mike Randolph
Detachment 2, 37th ARRS: I was a crew chief on 65-7959 UH-1F. I was in it when the picture of it was taking of MT. Rushmore. I was inlisting for my second time. 1972 to 1979 was the years at Ellsworth AFB.
1967-1971 at Ellswoth, Sgt. Romero, 28th OMS then went sea. Crew chiefed several incl. 232 The only TH-1 model with TACAN system...dock 80
Detachment 2, 37th ARRS: 1981-1985 at Dock 80 EAFB, SD. After receiving my 5 level at Kirkland AFB,NM in 1983 I was the crew chief of UH-1F 65-7959 until I separated in Sep85! I still reside in Rapid and spend my winters in Vegas. I.S. Jenkins, A1C USAF. Thunder Hueys rule!
Detachment 3, 37th ARRS: was at Grand Forks AFB, Grand Forks, North Dakota. HQ for Det 3 was F. E. Warren, WY
Detachment 3, 37th ARRS: I was at Grand Forks AFB 1974-1978. We had five UH-1F aircraft in support of the missle fields
Detachment 3, 37th ARRS: I was the crewchief on HH-1H 70-2461 when it crashed, I had assisted with launching the aircraft that afternoon and was the last to see the crew alive. Horrible day. I was given the call sign plate from the instrument panel after the investigation. The aircraft was soon replaced by 70-2458 which I crewed until I left the program in 1994. We had 5 HH-1H while I was there, 70-2461, 62, 63, 65, and 58. We made the transition to the 79th RQF about the same time that the MAC to AMC transition took place. All of the aircraft left when the grand forks missile wing was decommissioned around 86-87. Looks like they are all still listed with AMARC.
Detachment 3, 37th ARRS: my name is Mark Nelson, I was stationed from late 1974 to 1978.I flew as observer/medical recovery/and missile convey coverage. I was a one deep position who both flew and did pilot records/sorties.
Detachment 4, 37th ARRS: Little Rock AFB, AR. Supported the 308 Strategic Missile Wing flying priority parts and crews to the 18 Titan II missile sites until the missile wing deactivated in August 1987. All helicopters, 70-2460, 70-2470, 70-2484 and 70-2485 were flown to Hill AFB after we deactivated the Det. 70-2460 is on static display at Little Rock AFB, Ar. 70-2470 is on display at Hill AFB museum. 70-2484 is I believe was sent to AMARG DMAFB, AZ after a parachute was caught in the rotor system. I know the accident happened, but not sure if the actual aircraft was sent to DM or not. 70-2485 was still in service as of last year, at Lackland AFB, San Antonio Texas.
Detachment 6, 37th ARRS: McConnell AFB, Wichita Kansas, I was assigned from March 1975 to February 1977. We were assigned 70-2469, 70-2473, 70-2474, and 70-2475. Daniel Green
Detachment 6, 37th ARRS: HH-1H pilot from May 1975 to October 1979. D. Howerton
Detachment 6, 37th ARRS: I was assigned at McConnell from July 1975 to April 1981. Donnie Gross
Detachment 7, 37th ARRS: Minot AFB, flew from june 74 to 78 in UH-1F. Had 6 of those as I recall. We were 37arrs, but flew mostly missile support: missile crews drove to their control centers
Detachment 7, 37th ARRS: I was stationed at Minot AFB from 31jan79 to 20apr87. We switched from having 5 F-model Hueys (1215--put on display on base...I hoisted it up there with an A-16 Crane and Pony,1238, ??66, ??65 are the ones I remember) right after I got there to 5 HH-1H Hueys. H-model tail numbers I remember: 2476, 2477, 2483, 2486.
Detachment 7, 37th ARRS: I was stationed at Minot AFB from 11Nov81 to Feb88. We had 5 HH-1H hueys. Last 4 on 2 tail numbers I think was 2477, 2481 and maybe 2483. It went civilian contract about the time I left
Detachment 8, 37th ARRS: Vandenberg AFB, 3 UH-1N, I was there 1985 until the maintenance went contract in 1988. They flew missile support, clearing the range for actual missile and NASA launches. Very active air rescue missions. They were going to start space shuttle support missions but the shuttle operation was mothballed at Vandenberg after the Challenger disaster in 1986.
Detachment 9, 37th ARRS: Whiteman AFB, 2 TH-1Fs and 2 UH-1Fs. I was there from Jun75 to Jan79. The UH-1Fs were possibly 65-7914 and 65-7915. They flew missile support for Minuteman IIs.
- 1985, the UH-1F was still active in the 37 ARRS Dets 2,5,9,10 when I left. Dets 1,3,4,6,7 had HH-1H and Det 8 had UH-1N

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1966/72VN Da NangVVDN
1966/68TH Udorn Air BaseVTED

Models

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YearsModels
1973/98HH-1H Iroquois
1973/85UH-1F Iroquois
1973/98UH-1N
1967/69S-61 H-3
1967/72S-65 H-53


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