201st Airlift Squadron
|201st Airlift Squadron|
201st AS C-38A and C-40C in flight.
|Active||20 June 1992-Present|
|Allegiance||District of Columbia|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||District of Columbia Air National Guard|
|Garrison/HQ||Joint Base Andrews, Camp Springs, Maryland|
|Motto(s)||"Capital Guardians: Proven, Vigilant…Ready!"|
|201st Airlift Squadron emblem|
The 201st Airlift Squadron provides short notice worldwide transportation for the Executive Branch, Congressional Members, Department of Defense officials and high-ranking U.S. and foreign dignitaries using the C-40C aircraft.
The history of the 201st Airlift Squadron began in 1946 with the activation of "H" Flight, HQ, District of Columbia Air National Guard. Operating out of Hangar 15 on the East side of Andrews Air Force Base, "H" Flight's assortment of B-26, C-47, C-53 and F-51 aircraft provided passenger airlift capabilities to the Air National Guard.
In 1954 "H" Flight was re-designated as Detachment 1, HQ, District of Columbia Air National Guard. Over the next 38 years Detachment 1 employed more than 20 different types of aircraft to provide worldwide airlift support for both military and civilian passengers. Detachment 1 provided airlift support for large military teams as well as small command groups. The detachment also provided transportation for distinguished passengers such as the Vice President, congressional and cabinet members, service secretaries and local civic leaders. In 1984, Detachment 1 relocated to its current location on the West side of Andrews Air Force Base.
On June 20, 1992, Detachment 1 was re-designated as the 201st Airlift Squadron, District of Columbia Air National Guard. Today the 201st Airlift Squadron continues to carry on the tradition of excellence that was started with "H" Flight in 1946. The continuing efforts to upgrade and expand the squadron's worldwide capabilities led to the acquisition of C-38As in 1998 and C-40Cs (Boeing 737) in 2002.
The events of September 11, 2001 marked a turning point in the history of the Squadron. The Global War on Terrorism brought a new emphasis on worldwide VIP travel. Since that date, the 201st Airlift Squadron's operational tempo has increased dramatically, with the majority of missions overseas. With its current complement of C-40Cs and C-38As, the squadron provides worldwide air transportation for the executive branch, congressional members, Department of Defense and high-ranking U.S. and foreign dignitaries.
- 201st Airlift Squadron (1995–Present)
- Andrews Air Force Base (???-Present)
- Douglas C-47 Skytrain 1946-1967
- Douglas B-26 Invader 1946-1972
- Douglas C-53 Skytrooper 1946-1958
- North American P-51 Mustang 1954
- North American F-86 Sabre 1954-1957
- Beech C-45 Expeditor 1954-1960
- Lockheed T-33 1954-1987
- Cessna LC-126 1955-1956
- Beechcraft L-23 Seminole 1955-1962 reclassified as U-8 (1963)
- De Havilland Canada L-20 Beaver 1957
- Convair T-29 1958-1975
- Hiller H-23 Raven 1960-1963
- Douglas C-54 Skymaster 1965-1967
- Cessna U-3A 1969-1972
- Lockheed C-121 Constellation 1969-1972
- Cessna O-2B Skymaster 1974
- Convair C-131 Samaritan 1975-1978
- Boeing T-43A 1978-1985
- North American T-39 Sabreliner 1981-1987
- Boeing C-22B 1981-2004
- Learjet C-21A 1987-1998
- Gulfstream C-38A Courier 1998–Present
- Boeing C-40C Clipper 2004–Present
- 201st Airlift Squadrons Historical Archives, Menoher Drive, Andrews AFB MD.
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