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Monday, September 24, 2007

Bill Would Keep Search and Rescue at Fairchild AFB

The United States Senate is trying to keep search and rescue helicopters at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash. The 36th Rescue Flight, a part of the 336 Training Group at Fairchild operates the U.S. Air Force Survival School. It flies the Bell Helicopter UH-1N. An amendment tacked onto the 2008 Defense Appropriations bill would force the U.S. Air Force to study the Northwest’s search and rescue capabilities to support the Air Force Survival School at Fairchild and the equipment necessary to aid with rescue operations in the region. If passed, the Air Force would have to issue a report and present it to the Defense secretary by next April. The amendment was drafted by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives also has restrictions on moving the helicopters. For related news




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