MH-53M Pave Low IV
Air Force special operations
forces used the Sikorsky MH-53M to covertly enter enemy territory.
Capable of operating at day or night or in bad weather, these helicopters
conducted long-range, low-level missions to insert, extract, and re-supply
special operations forces.
This was assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron and its last flight was a combat mission in Iraq on March 28, 2008. During its 38-year career, this helicopter participated in many important missions. It carried the "command element" on the mission known as Operation KINGPIN, to rescue American prisoners of war thought to be held at the Son Tay prison near Hanoi, North Vietnam. I t is the last among the five HH-53s that participated in that raid. After Vietnam, it also flew in many more combat engagements including Operation DESERT STORM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM before it was retired. (NMUASF)
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