Accession Number:

ADA586316

Title:

Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report. USAF Search and Rescue in Southeast Asia (1961-66)

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

PACIFIC AIR FORCES HICKAM AFB HI CHECO DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-10-24

Pagination or Media Count:

118.0

Abstract:

The general increase in the level of American commitment in Vietnam in 1961 meant a considerable increase in the level of air activity. The JUNGLE JIM and FARM GATE programs brought USAF aircraft and pilots into the country to train the Vietnamese and to fly combat missions the augmented U.S. Army advisory forces introduced more helicopters. These commitments were in recognition of the vital nature of air transport in a country divided militarily and geographically. Not only did the missions of the combined forces of the United States and the Republic of Vietnam dictate a more extensive use of aircraft, but the hostile environment, which included jungle and mountainous terrain as well as enemy activity, increased the hazards involved in these operations. As aircraft and crews were lost, search and rescue efforts had to be mounted to extract the survivors and the deceased, usually from remote and unfriendly areas. The need to coordinate these efforts resulted in the creation of Detachment 3 of the Pacific Air Rescue Center PARC on 1 April 1962.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE