Thursday, October 19, 2017

News: We reached an important milestone!

I want to personally thank all our visitors who have visited our Blog and have relied on it as a source of historical information about this passion by having the world's most complete USAF Rescue collection ever achieved and perhaps one of the most complete and detailed USAF collection on the internet. Also, thank for the support in the broadcast of the USAF Rescue work of these brave men that every day risks their lives for the sole purpose ¨...so that others may live¨, and thank you to all the amazing fellow PJ's, CCT's, Airmen in general and other collectors around the world who helped to get this collection as complete as possible.

In numbers, after 12 years of collecting and 7 years since we put up this Blog, today we both have reached over 276.000+ visits and more than 1100+ items between patches and challenge coins displayed in the collection. We're about just close to 11% to finish this collection. Now, most of the hardest to find or extremely expensive patches are our target for the next years to come and won't stop until we can certify that this is, without doubt, a "Definitive complete collection".

To all our readers, THANK YOU!

HooYah!
FGR

USAF 33rd RQS / Kermit The Frog / Jolly Green Patch

USAF 33rd Rescue Squadron / Kermit The Frog / Jolly Green Patch
Computer made by Tiger Embroidery, Okinawa, Japan.

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USAF / Yankee - Air Pirate Patch

USAF / Yankee - Air Pirate Patch 
The famous Air Pirate flag used by both pilots and PJ's since the early days of the South East Asia conflicts. Made in Afghanistan Circa 2013/5.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

USAF 56th RQS Patch

USAF 56th Rescue Squadron / "Friends in low places" Patch
I'm not sure if this is from the Keflavik NAS era in the late 80's, or actually from RAF Lakenheath from late 90's but it's handmade and it looks pretty much like an Afghanistan made patch which its confusing. Ideas?

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USAF 56th RQS / Jolly Green Crest Patch

USAF 56th Rescue Squadron / Jolly Green Crest Patch

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USAF 129th RQS / Pararescue Team Patch

USAF 129th Rescue Squadron / Pararescue Team / West Side Patch

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USAF 56/57th RQS/ERQS Patch Set

USAF 57th Rescue Squadron "Honor and Bravery" / 57th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron "Guardian Angel" / 56th RQS "Double Tap" Morale Patch Set.
 From RAF Lakenheath, Circa 2015/16'. The Double Tap Pen Pocket patch was worn by 56th RQS during the exercise "Joint Warrior". (PJ image was taken during exercise)


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Special Operations Memorial Foundation / Donor Challenge Coin


Special Operations Memorial Foundation / Donor Challenge Coin

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USAF 321st STS / Silver Team Multicam Patch

USAF 321st Special Tactics Squadron / Silver Team Multicam Patch
This is an authentic Silver Team Patch from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron. The patch was made in 2008 by the team and replaced by a new team patch in 2012. The replacement patch was a black rectangle with silver dragon and green letter "Silver Team". In the full color version, the maroon represents the maroon beret worn by the PJ's, the silver represents the silver team and the grey beret worn by a few SOWT team members. The green feet in the patch are historical to the Pararescue career field and the dagger/lighting bolt represent Special Tactics and our CCT bros. This patch is not made anymore, pretty hard to find.

The 321st Special Tactics Squadron is an active ground unit, within the 352d Special Operations Group (352 SOG), United States Air Force, United States European Command, and is based at Royal Air Forcestation, RAF Mildenhall, in Suffolk, eastern England. This squadron, combined with the airborne units in the 352d Special Operations Group allow the group to be capable of handling situations within a 4,300 km (2,700 mi) range of RAF Mildenhall, or further with fuel stops, and make up the special operations forces element of the United States Air Forces in Europe. Their specialized training, and support structure, make them a very versatile unit within the armed forces.

The 321st Special Tactics Squadron are the front line troops of the 352 SOG, and are the most versatile and highly trained airmen in the United States Air Force. The 321st Special Tactics Squadron fulfills various roles including providing Pararescuemen (PJs) and Combat Rescue Officers (CROs) to operate alongside the 56th Rescue Squadron and their HH-60G Pavehawks. Their duties also include Combat Control (CCT), they perform close in reconnaissance and investigation of possible landing sites, quickly securing/identifying/neutralizing ground targets, as well as reinforcement or extraction of troops under extreme circumstances, and medical evacuations.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

USAF / AFSOC / CSAR Kings - Jolly Greens Patch

USAF / Air Force Special Operations Command / Combat Search & Rescue / Kings - Jolly Greens Patch

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USAF 48th RQS / Pararescue 60th Anniversary Challenge Coin


USAF 48th Rescue Squadron / Pararescue 60th Anniversary / 1947-2007 Challenge Coin

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

USAF 54th Helicopter Flight / Tundra Taxi Patch

USAF 54th Helicopter Flight / Tundra Taxi Patch 
The 54th Helicopter Squadron is a unit of the United States Air Force based at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. It is currently part of the 582nd Helicopter Group and one of their mission assignments are Search & Rescue.


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USAF 20th HS Patch

USAF 20th Helicopter Squadron Patch
Circa 1956/59

The 20th Helicopter Squadron (HS) was activated in 1956 to perform traditional helicopter missions with Piasecki H-21's Workhorses for the Tactical Air Command.  In 1965 under Project "Pony Express", the unit's 14 CH-3C helicopters were transferred to Southeast Asia.  The unit's aircraft call sign and infamous nickname of Pony Express evolved from the project name. 

The 20th's primary mission was considerable in scope to augment combat search rescue forces, perform casualty evacuation,  support communications sites as well as airfield construction and the tactical air control system, transport air liaison officers and engage in counterinsurgency. The squadron's secondary mission was to support MACV. The 20th HS was inactivated in 1960 and their legacy continues until today with the 20th SOS.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

USAF 1st Rescue Group Patch

USAF 1st Rescue Group Patch

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USAF 40th HS Patch

USAF 40th Helicopter Squadron / Deter Detect Defend Patch

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USAF 106th Air Rescue Group Patch Set

USAF 106th Air Rescue Group / New York Air National Guard Patch Set

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USAF 40th RF Patch

USAF 40th Rescue Flight / Wherever the need Patch

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USAF 56th ARS / OD Patch

USAF 56th Air Rescue Squadron / OD Patch

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USAF 38th ARRS / CIA / CH-3

USAF 38th Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Squadron / Choggie International Airlines / CH-3 Patch
Osan AB, South Korea

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USAF 33rd ARRS / Pony Express Patch

USAF 33rd Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Squadron / East Coast Tour 89' / Special Edition / Pony Express / First Atlantic Drop / Kadena AB, Japan 
The 33rd ARRS participate in monitoring of Soviet nuclear tests. Very rare/hard to find patch.

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