55th Special Operations Squadron

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55th Special Operations Squadron
Active 15 November 1952 – 18 June 1960
10 May 1961 - 2007
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Special Operations
Nickname(s) Night Hawks
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The 55th Special Operations Squadron (55 SOS) most recently was part of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida. It operated MH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft in support of special operations.


The 55th trained and performed rescue and recovery missions from, 1952–1960. The squadron supported manned spacecraft recovery operations from, June 1961–January 1966. It supported special operations missions from March 1988 – 2007 including combat in Panama, 20 December 1989 – 14 January 1990, and Southwest Asia, 1 January–12 March 1991.[1]


Operation Provide Comfort


  • 55th Air Rescue Squadron (1952–1966)
  • 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (1966–1988)
  • 55th Special Operations Squadron (1988–2003)


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