Davis, Rick – TX
Commissioned 2nd Lt. upon graduation from Arizona State University.
1968 – Graduated from pilot training. Attended USAF Helicopter School at Shepard AFB, TX.
1970 – 1971, flew HH-3E’s in Thule, Greenland.
1971 – 1973, flew CH-3E’s at Danang AB, RVN and Osan AB, ROK.
1973 – 1975, H/CH-3E flight instructor at the AF helicopter school when it was at Hill AFB, Utah.
1975 – 1986, was assigned as the Commander of the 302nd SOS at Luke AFB, AZ., where I flew CH-3E’s.
Continued to fly H-3’s during assignments at Selfridge AFB, MI., Portland IAP, OR. and Davis Monthan AFB, AZ.
In 1991 while serving as Commander, 71st SOS at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ., converted to MH-60G Pave Hawks. I Continued to fly Pave Hawks after becoming the 939th Rescue Wing Commander until my retirement in September 1998.
I flew CH-3E 63-9676 “Black Mariah” to the AF museum back in 1992. I logged many of my 5,500+ C/HH 3 hours in her over the years at several locations.
I am the former commander of the 302nd SOS at Luke AFB, AZ. where CH-3E, tail #63-9676 “Black Mariah” was assigned. When she was reassigned to the 71st SOS I had been reassigned to the 304th ARS at Portland IAP, Oregon. Because the 71st was deployed to Desert Storm, I flew her to the AF Museum in February of 1991. The entire trip from Davis Monthan to Scott AFB was flown in, around and through icing and severe weather. Fortunately I had two copilots with me, Major George Pierce and Captain Randy Schults-Rathbune. George became sick enroute and had to take a commercial flight home. Randy and I made the last leg in 40 mph winds and landed at Scott in blowing snow and a -20 chill factor. Because of the weather, we made a couple of unscheduled stops. One was in the parking lot of a truck stop in eastern Arizona. We parked next to a sign that said “SEE ‘THE THING”…(which at that point was us).