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Two crew members are positioned at the open ramp of an AC-130H Hercules aircraft during a training flight. Another AC-130H is in the background. The airmen are assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

A left front view of an AC-130H Hercules aircraft on a training flight. The aircraft is assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

A front view of the Headquarters Building, 16th Special Operations Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

A close-up view of the 20mm Gattling guns of an AC-130H Hercules aircraft. The aircraft is assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

Crew members unload and reload a 105mm cannon in an AC-130H Hercules aircraft during a training flight. They are assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

LT Robbie Albright dons his life vest and prepares for an AC-130H Hercules aircraft training flight. The officer is assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

Crew members load life rafts aboard an AC-130H Hercules aircraft while preparing for a training flight. They are assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

A ground crewman directs an AC-130A Hercules aircraft to taxi out. Five remaining AC-130A's of the 16th Special Operations Squadron are being redeployed from Thailand to the United States

A left rear view of an AC-130A Hercules aircraft taking off. Five remaining AC-130A's of the 16th Special Operations Squadron are being redeployed from Thailand to the United States

AN airman performs maintenance on an AC-130A Hercules aircraft before takeoff. Five remaining AC-130A Hercules aircraft of the 16th Special Operations Squadron are being redeployed from Thailand to the United States

A left front view of an AC-130A Hercules aircraft as it taxis out. Five remaining AC-130A's of the 16th Special Operations Squadron are being redeployed from Thailand to the United States

A left rear view of an AC-130A Hercules aircraft taking off. Five remaining AC-130As of the 16th Special Operations Squadron are being redeployed from Thailand to the United States

Nurses from the 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron compete in the Fourth Annual STAFF Soldiers Cup, a survival test hosted by the 7th Special Operations Squadron

Nurses from the 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron compete in the Fourth Annual STAFF Soldiers Cup, a survival test hosted by the 7th Special Operations Squadron

CAPT. Flo Chesnick, a nurse with the 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, fires an M-60 machine gun during the Fourth Annual STAFF Soldiers Cup, a survival test hosted by the 7th Special Operations Squadron

Nurses from the 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron compete in the Fourth Annual STAFF Soldiers Cup, a survival test hosted by the 7th Special Operations Squadron

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs for unconventional warfare operations. Combat controllers prepare to jump from an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft during a Fulton recovery mission

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS for unconventional warfare operations. Airmen set up a Fulton recovery apparatus for launch

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs for unconventional warfare operations. A controller coordinates with an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft by radio as the aircraft approaches a Fulton recovery balloon

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS for unconventional warfare operations. A navigator, aboard an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft, cuts the pigtail on a lift line during a Fulton recovery mission

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS for unconventional warfare operations. A front view of an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft of the 7th SOS during a Fulton recovery mission

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS for unconventional warfare operations. A Fulton recovery balloon breaks away from an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft during an interception

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS for unconventional warfare operations. A crewman retrieves an upper lift line through an overhead escape hatch of an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft during a Fulton recovery

An air-to-air front view of an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft of the 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) during a Fulton recovery mission. The 7th SOS conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) team members for unconventional warfare operations

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS for unconventional warfare operations. Airmen retrieve a practice sandbag into an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft during a Fulton recovery mission

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS for unconventional warfare operations. AN aircrew flies an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft during a Fulton recovery mission

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS for unconventional warfare operations. High angle left front view of an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft of the 7th SOS during a Fulton recovery mission

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army special Forces and Navy SEALs for unconventional warfare operations. Combat controllers jump from an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft during a Fulton recovery mission

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and navy SEALs for unconventional warfare operations. Close-up left front view of an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft of the 7th SOS during a Fulton recovery mission

The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) conducts training for special air operations and related activities. The unit also trains with Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs for unconventional warfare operations. Front view of an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft of the 7th SOS during a Fulton recovery mission

A CH-3E Sea King helicopter assigned to the 302nd Special Operations Squadron, Air Force Reserve, hovers above the MGM Grand Hotel to search for people trapped by an early morning fire

AN air-to-air view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft flying low-level maneuvers over the Arizona desert. The aircraft is assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla

AN air-to-air left side view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft banking to the right while flying low-level maneuvers over the Arizona desert. The aircraft is assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla

AN air-to-air left side view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft flying low-level maneuvers over the Arizona desert. The aircraft is assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla

AN air-to-air front view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft flying low-level maneuvers over the Arizona desert. The aircraft is assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla

AN air-to-air left side view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft flying low-level maneuvers over the Arizona desert. The aircraft is assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida

AN air-to-air front view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft banking to the right over the Arizona desert. The aircraft is assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla

CPT Michael Martin, MSGT James Connett, TSGT Daniel Jaramillo and MSGT William Reynolds, left to right, watch the tragic scene. The crew, 302nd Special Operations Squadron, are taking part in a CH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter mission to rescue guests from the blazing MGM Grand Hotel

COL Thomas G. McInerney, commander, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, gives a welcoming speech as members of the 1ST Special Operations Squadron listen. The men are standing in front of their MC-130E Hercules aircraft. The squadron has just transferred from Kadena Air Base, Japan, to Clark Air Base

Members of the 1ST Special Operations Squadron stand in front of their MC-130E Hercules aircraft while listening to a welcoming speech. The Squadron has just transferred from Kadena Air Base, Japan

LTC Raymond Turczynski Jr., commander of the 1ST Special Operations Squadron, left, is welcomed by other officers after the ceremony. The squadron has just transferred its headquarters from Kadena Air Base, Japan

Commander of the Philippine Air Force COL Ricardo T. Madaba walks to his seat after welcoming members of the 1ST Special Operations Squadron. The men, standing in front of their MC-130E Hercules aircraft, have just transferred from Kadena Air Base, Japan

A view of an UH-1N Iroquois helicopter in flight during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of an UH-1N Iroquois helicopter in flight during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter taking off after sending off the last troop, as another helicopter brings more in. The helicopters are assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing, involved in maneuver training

A view of an UH-1N Iroquois helicopter landing, as crew members stand on the skids to help the pilot in landing. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing, involved in maneuver training

A view of two UH-1N Iroquois helicopters in flight during maneuver training. The helicopters are assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

Troops get on board a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A right side view of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter as troops debark during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of two UH-1N Iroquois helicopters in-flight during maneuver training. The helicopters are assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of an UH-1N Iroquois helicopter in flight during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

Troops get on board a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A side view of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter taking off with troops aboard during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

Left side air-to-air view of a C-130E Combat Talon aircraft, operated by the 7th Special Operations Squadron, making a drop of Army paratroopers

A view of an AC-130H Hercules aircraft TV camera. The aircraft is assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing

Left side air-to-air view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 305th Air Refueling Wing (front) refueling an MC-130E Hercules aircraft from the 8th Special Operations Squadron

Air-to-Air left rear view of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter with a camouflage paint scheme, as it performs low level rocket firing. The UH-1N is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron (20th SOS)

An air-to-ground view of an MC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 8th Special Operations Squadron (8th SOS) demonstrating the Fulton Aerial Recovery System

An air-to-air left rear view of an MC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 8th Special Operations Squadron (8th SOS) demonstrating the Fulton Aerial Recovery System

An MC-130E Hercules aircraft on the runway. The MC-130E, assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron, is equipped with Fulton surface-to-air retrieval equipment on the nose

A Bahamian drug enforcement official rides in a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter from the 20th Special Operations Squadron during a mission in support of the Bahamian police drug enforcement Operation BAHAMAS ANTILLES TURK

A UH-1N Iroquois helicopter from the 20th Special Operations Squadron flies a mission in support of the Bahamian police drug enforcement Operation BAHAMAS ANTILLES TURK

An MC-130 Hercules aircraft radio operator from the 8th Special Operations Squadron participates in a field operation

A UH-1N Iroquois helicopter from the 20th Special Operations Squadron prepares to disembark troops onto a firing range during a field exercise

Three HH-53B Super Jolly helicopters from the 20th Special Operations Squadron fly in formation. (SUBSTANDARD)

Members of the 20th Special Operations Squadron participate in a gun test aboard a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter

MASTER Sgt. Chester Davis, 16th Special Operations Squadron, sets up a GTR-18A Smokey Sam training missile launcher

MASTER Sgt. Chester Davis, 16th Special Operations Squadron, sets up a GTR-18A Smokey Sam training missile launcher

MASTER Sgt. James Hamilton, 16th Special Operations Squadron, checks the ignition switch for a GTR-18A Smokey Sam training missile launcher

A 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing HH-53C Super Jolly helicopter hovers over the ocean during a practice mission

An air-to-air right underside view of a 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing HH-53C Super Jolly helicopter

An air-to-air view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft of the 8th Special Operations Squadron being refueled in flight. The aircraft is equipped with the Fulton recovery system

A close-up air-to-air view of Fulton recovery system equipment mounted on the nose section of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft of the 8th Special Operations Squadron

An air-to-air view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft of the 8th Special Operations Squadron approaching the refueling boom of a tanker aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with the Fulton recovery system

An air-to-air view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft of the 8th Special Operations Squadron approaching the refueling boom of a tanker aircraft. The Hercules is equipped with the Fulton recovery system

An air-to-air view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft of the 8th Special Operations Squadron being refueled in-flight. The aircraft is equipped with the Fulton recovery system

A member of the 16th Special Operations Squadron attached a whistling-device booby trap to the base of a tree while setting up an aggressor force base camp during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Robert Derby, 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), attaches a whistling-device booby trap to the base of a tree while setting up an aggressor force base camp during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw

SSGT Tom Hatch, 16th Special Operations Squadron, conducts an M-49 surface trip flare demonstration at the aggressor forces base camp during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Tom Hatch, 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), attaches an M-49 surface trip flare to a tree while setting up an aggressor force base camp during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Robert Derby, gunner, 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), sets up base camp during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw. Members of the 16th SOS are acting as aggressor forces during the exercise

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Roger Betterelli, 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), makes radio contact with other aggressors during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw

A member of the 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) checks an M-49 surface trip flare attached to a tree while setting up an aggressor force base camp during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw

Members of the 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) plan aggressor strategy during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw

Members of the 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) set up base camp during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw. They are acting as aggressor forces during the exercise

Members of the 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) plan aggressor strategy during a joint-service escape and evasion field training exercise at Outlying Field Choctaw. They are, from the left, STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Tom Hatch, SSGT Ron Clark, SSGT Mike Kercheval, Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Rbert Derby, TSGT Roger Betterelli

A close-up view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft, assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron, parked on the flight line. The aircraft is participating in Exercise FLINTLOCK '87, a joint Special Operations Command Europe exercise testing the effectiven

A close-up view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft, assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron, parked on the flight line. The aircraft is participating in Exercise FLINTLOCK '87, a joint Special Operations Command Europe exercise testing the effectiven

An interior view of the cockpit of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron. The aircraft is in flight to Moran Air Base, Spain, from Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany during Exercise FLINTLOCK'87, a joint Special Op

An interior view of the cockpit of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron. The aircraft is in flight to Moran Air Base, Spain, from Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany during Exercise FLINTLOCK'87, a joint Special Op

A close-up view of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft, assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron, parked on the flight line. The aircraft is participating in Exercise FLINTLOCK'87, a joint Special Operations Command Europe exercise testing the effectiven

Members of the 7th Special Operations Squadron participate in field movements during Exercise Flintlock '87, a joint Special Operations Command Europe exercise testing the effectiveness of the combined Air Force, Army and Navy deployments

Members of the 7th Special Operations Squadron perform a preflight check on an MC-130E Hercules aircraft parked on the flight line during Exercise FLINTLOCK '87, a joint Special Operations Command Europe exercise testing the effectiveness of the combined

Members of the 7th Special Operations Squadron perform a preflight inspection on the Fulton Recovery System on an MC-130E Hercules aircraft during Exercise FLINTLOCK '87, a joint Special Operations Command Europe exercise testing the effectiveness of the

A member of the 7th Special Operations Squadron participates in Exercise FLINTLOCK'87, a joint Special Operations Command Europe exercise testing the effectiveness of the combined Air Force, Army and Navy deployments

An interior view of the cockpit of an MC-130E Hercules aircraft assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron. The aircraft is in flight to Moron Air Base, Spain, from Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany during Exercise FLINTLOCK '87, a joint Special Oper

A member of the 7th Special Operations Squadron uses a radio telephone to coordinate movements in the field during Exercise Flintlock '87, a joint Special Operations Command Europe exercise testing the effectiveness of the combined Air Force, Army and Nav

AMN Glen M. King adjusts AMN Michael O'Hara's helmet as the two men, both members of the 20th Special Operations Squadron, prepare for a mission at Cap Geiger during the multi-service exercise Solid Shield '87

Visitors inspect the new MH-53J Pave Low IIIE helicopter at a roll out ceremony introducing the first of 41 modified HH-53 helicopters to the public. Some of the modifications include new instrument panels, consoles, various secure voice radio and satellite communications systems and titanium armor plating over critical avionics systems. The helicopter will be tested for the next six months before being turned over to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida

Representative Earl Hutto, Democrat-Florida, addresses guests at roll out ceremonies for the first of 41 MH-53J Pave Low IIIE helicopters. Improvements on the modified HH-53 helicopter include: new instrument panels, consoles, various secure voice radio and satellite communications systems and titanium armor plating over critical avionics systems. The helicopter will be tested for the next six months before being turned over to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida

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