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"Transformation is an enduring part of our culture as Airmen.  We are forever looking for an edge to strengthen our ability to deliver combat power for the nation.  Part of redefining airpower for the 21st Century requires us to anticipate the future fight, learn from past experiences and adapt to changes in operations, organization and technology."

General T. Michael Moseley

Air Force Chief of Staff.



"We better be prepared to dominate the skies above the surface of the earth

or be prepared to be buried beneath it." 

General Carl A. "Tooey" Spaatz

1st Chief of Staff U.S. Air Force

Air University, February 7, 2008


“In a conversation about the war a few weeks ago, I was

asked, ‘Where are the heroes?’ In prior wars, everyone knew

the heroes. Well, there are a great many, and they’re doing

exactly what needs to be done to keep our country safe and to

preserve freedom for our children and theirs. I think we could

probably all do a better job -- media and the military alike

-- in telling their stories.”

 Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,

Senate Hearing, February 7, 2006


"Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it. "

Andrew Jackson


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid"

General Dwight D. Eisenhower



"Once you're a Rescue man you're a missionary for the rest of your life.  If it could be done on a voluntary basis, Air Rescue could be manned three times over."                         

Dick Kight

From the book "Rescue" by Elliot Arnold


"To me it has always been a source of wonder and pride that the most potent and destructive military force ever known should create a special service dedicated to saving life.  Its concept is typically American...we hold human lives to be the most precious commodity on earth.  To the people of foreign lands who see Rescue in action it serves as a constant rebuttal to those that propagandize against us."

Brigadier General Thomas J. Dubose

ARS Commander, 1952-1959

May 1956 the 10th anniversary of the founding of Air Rescue

From the book "Rescue" by Elliot Arnold



"I figure I've got the best job in the Air Force.  Air Rescue is an instrument of national policy--not only in the lives we save all over the world but in the lives we don't have to save.  I hope they lose my papers in the Pentagon and leave me here from now on."


Brigadier General Thomas J. Dubose

ARS Commander, 1952-1959

From the book "Rescue" by Elliot Arnold

"I never quarrel, sir, but I do fight, sir, and when I fight, sir, a funeral follows, sir."

Thomas Hart Benton (Senator)


"The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."


John Stuart Mill, 1868


"If the best minds in the world had set out to find us the worst possible location in the world to fight this damnable war, politically and militarily, the unanimous choice would have been Korea!"


Dean Acheson

US Secretary of State, 1949-53


"The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.


This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to."


Harry Reasoner, 1971


"I could be president of Sikorsky for six months before they found me out, but the president would only have my job for six seconds before he'd kill himself."


 Walter R. 'Dick' Faull, Test Pilot


"At that time [1909] the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation."


Igor Sikorsky, 'AOPA Pilot' magazine February 2003

"Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease."


 Sergei Sikorsky, 'AOPA Pilot' magazine February 2003


"Nothing makes a man more aware of his capabilities and of his limitations than those moments when he must push aside all the familiar defenses of ego and vanity, and accept reality by staring, with the fear that is normal to a man in combat, into the face of Death."


 Major Robert S. Johnson, USAAF


"If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible."


Bob Hoover