17th Tactical Airlft Squadron (USAF AMC)

"Firebirds" 

Help us complete this page!

We are currently working on the 17th Tactical Airlft Squadron history page.

If you have any information/photographs on the history or past deployments of this unit, please send us an E-mail at units@f-16.net.

Thanks!


17 TAS "Firebirds" (USAF AMC)
Status:
Disbanded
Version: C-130D
Role:Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: N/A
Became the 517th Airlift Squadron. Originally formed under the Alaskan Air Command in 1964 with the C-130A as the 17th Troop Carrier Squadron. In July 1966 became the 17th Tactical Airlift Squadron and added the C-130Ds (ski-Hercs) and C-130D-6s. In the early 1970s, Master Sgt. Emmet Heidemann, a member of the 17th TAS Combat Control Team, was the first person to parachute from a C-130 onto a polar ice cap. During 1975, the squadron dropped the C-130As it had been flying for many years for the C-130E and also operated the HC-130. All C-130E's departed in 1986 to make room for C-130Hs. In the early 1990s the squadron was renumbered the 517th Airlift Squadron.

C-130 Airframe Inventory

Errors and Omissions



Note: Errors and omissions in the above text can be added here. Please note: your comments will be displayed immediately on this page.

If you wish to send a private comment to the webmasters, please use the Contact Us link.