FIRST USAF ALL-FEMALE HELICOPTER CREW
The first USAF all-female helicopter crew took to the air September 17, 1985 at Ellsworth AFB, SD. The first all-female helicopter crew in the Air Force flew together for the first time on September 17, 1985 at Ellsworth AFB, SD. The crew, consisting of 1st Lt. Dawn L. Eiland (AC), 1st Lt. Carol F. Kilbride (P), Sr. Amn. Michele L. Lange (MT), A1C Melissa A. Gundrum (MT) and A1C Patricia A. Jones (MT), have the primary mission of supporting the 44th Strategic Missile Wing. (Courtesy of USAF RotorHead PAUL NOTTINGHAM)
FIRST COMBAT SAR HELICOPTERS TO SEA
On 17 June 1964, 2 HH-43Bs (62-4565 & 62-5978) from the 33rd ARS at Naha AB Okinawa arrived at Udorn RTAFB by airlift. The aircraft were assembled and ready on 19 June. They were flown to NKP on 20 June. They were TDY from the 33rd ARS and consisted of people from Okinawa, Korea and the Philippines. In August 1964 a third aircraft (62-4564) arrived. On 1 September 1964 the unit formed PARC, Det. Provisional 3. The aircraft stood alert during the day.
The first USAF SAR took place on 18 November 1964 with two HH-43Bs (Pansy 88 and 89) into Laos. (News Story)
FIRST HELICOPTER AIRLIFT IN A C-54
On January 17, 1945, a priority radio was received stating that a helicopter was urgently needed to rescue a group of American fliers who had been forced down in Burma. The problem was the helicopter was located at Wright Field in Dayton OH. This is an interesting story of airlifting the YR-4 in a C-54 and of a rescue mission that took place after arrival.
(Thanks to Tom Garcia it is important to note that the first helicopter air lift took place early in 1944. Sikorsky YR-4Bs were airlifted to India aboard Curtiss C-46 Commandos for combat evaluation. Lt. Carter Harmon made the first AAF helicopter rescue in one of these aircraft).
FIRST SUCCESSFUL RESCUE OF A HUN PILOT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
SUPER SABER SOCIETY HAS GRANTED PERMISSION TO POST THIS DOCUMENT. SPECIAL THANKS FROM USAF ROTORHEADS TO:
R. Medley Gatewood, Editor, The Intake