76th Airlift Division

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76th Airlift Division
76th Airlift Division crest.jpg
76th Airlift Division emblem
Active 1 March 1976–30 September 1977;
15 December 1980–1 October 1985.
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Part of Military Airlift Command;
Twenty-First Air Force.
Garrison/HQ Andrews Air Force Base
Equipment see "Aerospace vehicles" section below

The 76 Airlift Division was a division of the United States Air Force, activated on 1 March 1976, inactivated on 30 September 1977, reactivated on 15 December 1980, and then inactivated again on 1 October 1985.

Its principal component was the 89th Military Airlift Wing, from 1 July 1976–30 September 1977; 15 December 1980–1 October 1985.


The division was formed as a restructuring of Headquarters Command, U.S. Air Force.

From 1976 through 1977, and after 1980, the 76th provided airlift support for the President, Vice President, cabinet members, and other high ranking civilian and military dignitaries of the United States and other governments. Subordinate units also operated, administered and maintained Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and provided logistical support for the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP), and other flying units. One subordinate component, the 1st Helicopter Squadron, provided support for the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Defense Preparedness Agency plan for emergency evacuation of key government officials and to support the national search and rescue plan.


Azure, a globe with axis bendwise celeste gridlined light green, surmounted in pale by a silhouetted aircraft ascending silver gray, overall coinciding with the edge of the globe in base, the US Capitol argent garnished of the first, all within a diminished bordure or. (approved c. July 1976)


Twenty-First Air Force, 1 March 1976–30 September 1977.

Twenty-First Air Force, 15 December 1980–1 October 1985.


Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, 1 March 1976–30 September 1977.

Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, 15 December 1980–1 October 1985.

Aerospace vehicles[edit]

The "V" prefix of these aircraft designate VIP transport and/or substitute/replacement/back-up Air Force One presidential transport aircraft.

C-12 Huron, 1976–1977; C-135 Stratolifter, 1976–1977; CH-3 "Jolly Green Giant", 1976–1977; T-39 Sabreliner, 1976–1977; UH-1 Iroquois "Huey", 1976–1977; VC-6 Ute, 1976–1977; VC-9 Nightingale, 1976–1977; VC-131 Samaritan, 1976–1977; VC-135 Stratolifter, 1976–1977; VC-137 Stratoliner, 1976–1977; VC-140 JetStar, 1976–1977.

C-12 Huron, 1980–1985; C-135 Stratolifter, 1980–1985; CH-3 "Jolly Green Giant", 1980–1985; UH-1 Iroquois "Huey", 1980–1985; VC-6 Ute, 1980–1985; VC-9 Nightingale, 1980–1985; VC-135 Stratolifter, 1980–1985; VC-137 Stratoliner, 1980–1985; VC-140 JetStar, 1980–1985; C-20 Gulfstream III, 1983–1985.


None (not manned), 1 March 1976–30 June 1976; Major General William C. Norris, 1 July 1976; Major General Benjamin F. Starr Jr., 26 July 1977–30 September 1977.

Brigadier General Archer L. Durham, c.15 December 1980; Brigadier General Albert C. Guidotti, 1 February 1982; Brigadier General Paul A. Harvey, 22 August 1984–c.1 October 1985.


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

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