Wallace Air Station - Wallace Drone Launch Facility

Wallace Drone Launch Facility

Wallace was also home to a Drone Launch Facility, which was run by an Air Force contractor. This facility and 1st Test Squadron "COMBAT SAGE" program, provided Pacific Air Forces pilots with live-fire training. Since the drones were not usually destroyed when they are shot down, there was a need to recover them for reuse. Hence, helicopters manned by PJs from HH-3E 31st Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Squadron from Clark AB and a drone recovery boat(1604) with its home port in the local harbor at nearby San Fernando were always on hand to recover the drones.

During each launch, numerous "banca boats" (outrigger bamboo canoes), were close by and always in the chase to recover the JATO bottle dropped by the drone after takeoff. They are worth a few pesos paid by the contractor.

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