34th Strategic Squadron

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34th Strategic Squadron
Emblem of the 34th Air Strategic Squadron
Active 1958-1976; 1978-1990
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Strategic support
Emblem of the34th Air Refueling Squadron

The 34th Strategic Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 11th Strategic Group, stationed at Zaragoza Air Base, Spain. It was inactivated on 7 August 1990.


At Zaragoza the unit supported the European Tanker Task Force under the direction of the 7th Air Division located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.


The squadron was initially activated at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, as the 34th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, a geographically separated unit assigned to the 340th Bombardment Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. It provided air refueling to Strategic Air Command and other tactical aircraft using KC-97 (1958–1959; 1964), and operated the Strategic Air Command Airborne Command Post "LOOKING GLASS" from 1961 to 1966.

It was moved to Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire on 25 Jun 1966 and flew KC-135 Stratotankers on a worldwide scale and was assigned to the 509th Bombardment Wing until inactivated on 31 March 1976.

On 1 August 1978, it was redesignated as the 34th Strategic Squadron and activated at Zaragoza Air Base, Spain supporting the European Tanker Task Force under the 7th Air Division at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

On 19 September 1985 the 34th Strategic Squadron was consolidated with the 34th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy, a unit that was last active 1 July 1955.[1]

The consolidated squadron was inactivated in preparation for the inactivation of SAC and the assumption of its European activities by elements of Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and United States Air Forces Europe.


34th Air Transport Squadron

  • Constituted as the 34th Ferrying Squadron and activated c. 9 July 1942
Redesignated 34th Transport Squadron c. 24 March 1943
Disbanded 10 October 1943
  • Reconstituted on 20 June 1952 and redesignated 34th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy
Activated on 20 July 1952
Inactivated on 1 July 1955
  • Consolidated on 19 September 1985 with the 34th Air Refueling Squadron as the 34th Air Refueling Squadron[1]

34th Strategic Squadron

  • Constituted as the 34th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy
Activated on 1 October 1958
Inactivated on 1 March 1972
  • Redesignated 34th Strategic Squadron
Activated on 1 August 1978
  • Consolidated on 19 September 1985 with the 34th Air Transport Squadron[1]
Inactivated on 31 March 1992




  • KC-135, 1958-1876; 1978-1992

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  1. ^ a b c Department of the Air Force/MPM Letter 662q, 19 September 85, Subject: Reconstitution, Redesignation, and Consolidation of Selected Air Force Tactical Squadrons


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