The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Air Squadron is comprised of qualified pilots and aviation/law enforcement oriented members with a number of serviceable aircraft. The Squadron supports the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in aviation and community relations activities as directed by the Sheriff or his delegate.
Sheriff’s Air Squadrons surfaced in Northern California in the late 1930s, just prior to WW II. Our Sacramento County Sheriff’s Air Squadron was chartered in 1941, however, due to the war, private flying was prohibited on the West Coast and many Squadron members became pilots in the Army Air Corp flying missions in Europe and the Pacific. After the war, our Squadron was reformed in 1946.
During the late forties and fifties, Squadron members and guests enjoyed social activities as well as flying competitions. Most flying took place at the old Phoenix Field in Fair Oaks. Supporting the Sheriff’s Department, Squadron members performed many enforcement activities ranging from prisoner transfers to search and rescue missions. Squadron missions included goodwill trips to Mexico.
In more recent years, the Squadron has been asked to assist the Sheriff in air patrols, VIP transport and community relations. The Air Squadron supplements department aviation assets including fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
The Squadron has enjoyed a fine relationship with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. Many Squadron members have completed training under the PC 832 program and are entitled to carry the Squadron “Wings” badge. Squadron members maintain firearms proficiency through training conducted at private ranges.
Monthly meetings are held at the Squadron headquarters located at the Sacramento Executive Airport. Today’s members are pilots and aviation/law enforcement enthusiasts who wish to be active in our local communities. Members wear Squadron logo clothing and are issued Sheriff’s Department ID cards. Each year the Sheriff conducts a flight line review of member aircraft. Men and women are welcome.