Congressional representatives from Idaho and Washington State are trying to save an air force search-and-rescue helicopter squadron. The 36th Rescue squadron, based at Fairchild Air Force Base in Wash., has been stationed at Fairchild since 1973. Since that time, in addition to being used for search-and-rescue training at the U.S. Air Force Survival School, the squadron has rescued hundreds of civilians in the inland northwest. The squadron’s four UH-NI Hueys also are made available for civilian rescue operations because they are equipped with vertical hoists and night vision equipment.
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