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55th Rescue Squadron US Air Force

55th Rescue Squadron
The Night Hawks were formed in 1952 as the 55th Air Rescue Squadron which was stationed in Greenland and Bermuda before moving to Florida in 1970. In 1982 was the first USAF unit to operated the H-60 when received UH-60A Blackhawks loaned by the Army waiting for the arrival of the Air Force version Pavehawk.

1952-1966 : 55 Air Rescue Squadron ( 55 ARS )
1966-1988 : 55 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron ( 55 ARRS )
1988-1999 : 55th Special Operations Squadron ( 55 SOS )
2003 - 55th Rescue Squadron ( 55 RQS )

Flew with the squadron in 76-77 out of Eglin as part of the SR crew. Good times and long flights. One in particular stands out looking for a Marine F4 crew that went down in the Gulf. Mission was extended for over two weeks because the pilot was the son of the Marine Commandant. Most reliable helicopter I ever flew in and terrific people.

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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.


2003/    Davis-Monthan AFBKDMA
1993/99Hurlburt FieldKHRT
1971/93Eglin AFBKVPS


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1982/    S-70 H-60
1980/82S-61 H-3
1973/90S-65 H-53
1963/64H-43 Huskie
1961/63S-55 H-19
1953/56S-55 H-19

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List of Aircraft for 55 RQS / 55th ARRS / 55th SOS / 55th ARS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
65-145 HH-53C 67-14996 : USAF; 55th ARRS w/o 08oct69
65-390 HH-53C 1974 73-1652 : Last entry is incorrect 652 is on outdoor display at the SOF Museum outsid+
70-352 mh-60g 81-23647 : USAF; UH-60A conv MH-60G; w/o 14aug87, 55th ARRS
70-512 mh-60g 82-23689 : USAF; UH-60A conv MH-60G; late 80s pictured as MH-60G type during first te+
70-1212 hh-60g 87-26010 : jul98 55th SOS
70-1215 hh-60g 87-26012 : USAF; jul98 55th SOS
70-1420 hh-60g 89-26197 : USAF, from UH-60L; 2004 asg 55 RQS
70-1423 hh-60g 89-26200 : USAF, from UH-60L; 2004 asg 55 RQS
70-1424 hh-60g 89-26201 : 2010 55 RQS, Davis-Monthan AFB
70-1433 hh-60g 89-26204 : jul98 55th SOS

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