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Escuadrón de Rescate "Aquilas"

Role: Transport, SAR, Liaison.

The Escuadrón de Rescate was formed on the 15.4.1958. She is the prime user of helicopters in the Dominican Republic Air Force and is used for SAR, transport, VIP transport for the President, liaison, anti-narcotics and desaster relieve operations. The unit is in desperate need of new helicopters, which arrived in the form of 8 Bell UH-1H from the United States in 2004.


Air Bases:
Base Duration
Base Aérea San Isidro/Santo Domingo 1958 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Hiller UH-12 Raven 3 1958 - 1988 3001, 3002, 3010
Sikorsky S-55C 3 1957 - 1969 3003, 3004, 3007
Aérospatiale SA-313 Alouette II 4 1962 - 2003 3005, 3006, 3017, 3020
Aérospatiale SA-319B Alouette III 1 1964 - 1987 3009, 3021
Bell 206 JetRanger 1 1970 - 1978 3008
Hughes OH-6A Cayuse 11 1971 - 2000 3011-3016
Bell 205A-1 8 1976 - 2000 3018-3019, 3023-3028
Aérospatiale SA-365 Dauphin 2 2 1978 - n/a 3022, 3029
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 14 1998 - Present 3030-3035, 3062-3069
Schweizer 333 4 2003 - Present 3040-3043
Bell CH-136 Kiowa 11 2005 - Present 3051-3061

Unit Insignia:

 Escuadrón de Rescate

References:

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)
  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)
  • Fuerza Aérea Dominicana

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