2d Airlift Squadron

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2nd Airlift Squadron
2d Airlift Squadron.jpg
Country United States of America
Branch United States Air Force
Part of 43d Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command
Nickname Lancers
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DCU

The 2nd Airlift Squadron (2 AS) of the United States Air Force is an airlift squadron operating from Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, North Carolina. They operate C-130 Hercules aircraft. The squadron is part of the 43d Airlift Wing of the Air Mobility Command.

The squadron trained transport pilots, 21 May-1 October 1942; transported troops and airdropped them during the airborne assault on Myitkyina, Burma, 17 May 1944; aerial transportation in China-Burma-India theater, 25 February 1943-c. August 1945; airlift of Chinese troops to eastern China for disarmament operations, September-November 1945. Airlift for airborne troops, 1 June 1992–present.

Today the squadron flies C-130H2 Hercules' transport aircraft on airlift missions and shares these aircraft in an association with the Air Force Reserve Command's 440th Airlift Wing. After being moved to Pope in the 2005 BRAC, the 440th became the first Air Force Reserve Wing to have an active duty associate squadron.[1][2][3]


Provide the Department of Defense with highly trained, highly motivated, combat-ready aircrews who execute the best tactical airlift/airdrop operations in the United States Air Force.[4]



  • Constituted 2d Provisional Transport Squadron on 1 March 1935
Redesignated 2d Transport Squadron, and activated, on 28 June 1935
Redesignated 2d Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942
Inactivated on 24 December 1945
  • Redesignated 2d Airlift Squadron, and activated, on 1 June 1992.


Attached to India-China Wing, Air Transport Command, 9 March-1 July 1943
  • Assam Air Base Command, c. 1 July 1943
Attached to Troop Carrier Command, Eastern Air Command, 20 December 1943-6 March 1944



  • C-27, 1935–1937
  • C-33, 1936–1939
  • Including C-39 and various civilian and military modifications of DC-3 during period 1939-1941
  • C-47, 1942–1945
  • C-46, 1945
  • C-130, 1992–present


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ http://www.af.mil/brac/northcarolina.asp
  2. ^ http://www.afrc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123023512
  3. ^ http://www.afrc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123056630
  4. ^ *"43d Operations Group". Retrieved 2006-08-18. 

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