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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

House Wants USAF Survival School Hueys Spared

The helicopter unit that supports the U.S. Air Force Survival School would be spared the budget ax if some top members of the U.S. House of Representatives have their way. The service proposed cutting funding for the 36th Rescue Flight, based at Fairchild AFB, Wash., and sending its four Bell Helicopter UH-1Ns to other units. But the Fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill being drafted by the House Armed Services Committee restores that funding. The squadron provides valuable training at the survival school "and is also part of the National Response plan that provides critical search-and-rescue support for the people of Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho," said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., a top defense committee Republican. For related news


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