17th Tactical Airlft Squadron (USAF AMC)


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17 TAS "Firebirds" (USAF AMC)
Version: C-130D
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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

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