498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

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498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron-F-106-row-1968.jpg
Aircraft and support crews of the 498th FIS at McChord AFB in 1963
Active 1942–1968
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Nickname Geiger Tigers (1955-1963) Megas Gatas [sic] Latin Big Cats
Insignia
Patch with 498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron emblem (approved 7 March 1956)[1] 498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Emblem.jpg

The 498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on 30 September 1968.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

Established in early 1942 as a III Fighter Command Operational Training Unit (OTU), equipped with a mixture of second-line single engine training aircraft. Upgraded in 1943 with P-47 Thunderbolts for Replacement Crew Training (RTU). Inactivated in April 1944.

Air Defense of the Pacific Northwest[edit]

Reactivated in August 1955 as a United States Air Force Air Defense Command interceptor squadron, assigned to Geiger Field, Washington. Mission was to provide air defense for the Pacific Northwest. Initially equipped with F-86D Sabres. Upgraded to F-102s in 1957 and then to F-106s in 1959, the first operational squadron to receive the Delta Dart.

Squadron Convair F-106A Delta Darts at Geiger Field, Washington.

On 22 October 1962, before President Kennedy told the nation that missiles were in place in Cuba, the squadron dispersed one third of its force, equipped with nuclear tipped missiles to Paine Air Force Base at the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis.[2][3] These planes returned to McChord after the crisis.

On 15 March 1963 two Soviet bombers overflew Alaska and Alaskan Air Command F-102s were unable to intercept them.[4] The response to this intrusion was to deploy ten F-106s from the squadron and its sister unit, the 318th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron to Alaska in what was called Operation White Shoes.[5] However, maintaining these aircraft for an extended period of time put a strain on the 325th wing's combat readiness back at McChord, and eventually a detachment of maintenance personnel was established to maintain the planes in Alaska. The unit got relief from this commitment while it was upgrading its F-106s from the 1st Fighter Wing, which relieved it from March to June 1964. Operation White Shoes terminated in 1965 and the unit's planes returned home.[6]

Moved to McChord AFB, 1963, Paine Field 1966.

Moved to Hamilton AFB, California in 1968 and inactivated the same day, aircraft reassigned to the 84th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted 303d Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 13 January 1942.
Activated on 10 February 1942
Redesignated: 303d Bombardment Squadron (Dive) on 27 July 1942
Redesignated: 498th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 10 August 1943.
Disbanded on 1 April 1944
  • Reconstituted, and redesignated 498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, on 20 June 1955.
Activated on 18 August 1955.
Inactivated on 30 September 1968.

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 600–601. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. 
  2. ^ McMullen, Richard F. (1964) “The Fighter Interceptor Force 1962-1964” ADC Historical Study No. 27, Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, CO (Confidential, declassified 22 Mar 2000), pp. 10-12
  3. ^ NORAD/CONAD Participation in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Historical Reference Paper No. 8, Directorate of Command History Continental Air Defense Command, Ent AFB, CO , 1 Feb 63 (Top Secret NOFORN declassified 9 March 1996). P. 16
  4. ^ McMullen, p. 27
  5. ^ McMullen, pp. 28-29
  6. ^ McMullen, pp. 32-34

Bibliography[edit]

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

  • Cornett, Lloyd H.; Johnson, Mildred W. (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946–1980. Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. 
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. 
  • McMullen, Richard F. (1964) “The Fighter Interceptor Force 1962-1964” ADC Historical Study No. 27, Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, CO (Confidential, declassified 22 Mar 2000)
  • NORAD/CONAD Participation in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Historical Reference Paper No. 8, Directorate of Command History Continental Air Defense Command, Ent AFB, CO , 1 Feb 63 (Top Secret NOFORN declassified 9 March 1996)
  • "ADCOM's Fighter Interceptor Squadrons". The Interceptor (January 1979) Aerospace Defense Command, (Volume 21, Number 1)

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