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AIR RESCUE SERVICE ESTABLISHED

Posted 11/30/2006 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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A C-54 picks up a rescue glider sent to retrieve survivors from a C-47, which crash landed on the frozen Stewart River in the Yukon in December 1948. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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In March 1946 the Air Rescue Service was established under the Air Transport Command to provide rescue coverage for the continental United States. By 1949, ARS aircraft covered the world's transport routes.

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