This section contains various items of historic value that are not appropriate for other areas of the website.
Air International Dec. 1996 Article Big Charlie, Jolly Greens & Pave Pigs (COURTESY OF LARRY WIELGOSZ)
MH-53M Pave Low IV, tail number 68-10369 last H-53 flight from Hurlburt (COURTESY OF TOM GREEN)
Personal account of last H-53 to depart Hurlburt (COURTESY OF JIM BURNS)
Newspaper article on the arrival of MH-53M Pave Low IV, tail number 68-10369 at Hill AFB UT
Air Rescue Service - A Direction for the Twenty-first Century (Published Airpower Journal Fall 1990) (COURTESY OF JIM BURNS)
Search and Rescue in Southeast Asia, 1961-1975 (Air University Review, January-February 1980) (COURTESY OF JIM BURNS)
Black Hats and White Hats: The Effect of Organizational Culture and Institutional Identity on the Twenty-third Air Force
On Nov 3, 1944, Japan released the first of more than 9,000 bomb-bearing ballons. They were called the Fu-Go Weapon. It is estimated that nearly 1,000 reached North America. They were found in several states as well as in Canada and Mexico. The last one found in North America was in Alaska in 1955 - its payload still lethal after 10 years of erosion. It was picked up by a 74th Air Rescue Squadron helicopter crew from Ladd Air Force Base.
The Korean War Fiftieth Anniversary Commemorative Edition. "THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE" USAF Air Rescue in Korea. (COURTESY OF DON CANNON)
The 21st Special Operations Squadron (SOS), assigned to NKP Thailand was heavily involved in many aspects of the "Secret War", the war in Laos. One of the former members, Bob Arnau, has compiled what he calls "Knife Tales" in which he has documented numerous "first hand" experiences of many of the former members of the Squadron. He continually adds "stories" as he receives them and forwards a copy to the former members of the 21st SOS. The "Knife Tales" is the history of many of those that served honorably during their tour(s) with the 21st. (COURTESY OF BOB ARNAU)
On 7 June 1969 a Silver Helicopter Anniversary Banquet was held at Sheppard AFB TX. The banquet was in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the USAF Helicopter Pilot school. The USAFHPA website had detailed information of the history of the USAF Helicopter Pilot School. (COURTESY OF DON CANNON)
On 10 July 1967 One of the two Bell H-13J helicopters assigned to Presidential services during former President Eisenhower's Administration was turned over to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB. (COURTESY OF DON CANNON)