326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

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326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron Convair F-102A-75-CO Delta Dagger 56-1383.jpg
Convair F-102A Delta Dagger 56-1383 at Richards-Gebaur AFB in May 1964
Active 1942–1944; 1953-1967
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Fighter-Interceptor
Nickname(s) Skywolves
Insignia
Patch with the 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron emblem (approved 5 September 1961)[1] 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Emblem.jpg

The 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 328th Fighter Wing at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri, where it was inactivated on 2 January 1967.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

It was first activated as the 326th Fighter Squadron and served as an air defense and operational training unit until 1 March 1944, and then a replacement training unit until 31 March 1944.

Air Defense Command[edit]

326th FIS F-102 56-1444 about 1960

The squadron was redesignated the 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron and activated in 1953 to provide air defense of the midwest United States from 1953 to 1967. The 326th flew radar equipped and Mighty Mouse rocket armed North American F-86D Sabre aircraft.[2] The 326th Squadron upgraded to Convair F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft, armed with AIM-4 Falcon Air-to-air missiles by June 1957.[2]

From 18 December 1953 – 1 March 1954, the 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron was assigned to Fairfax Field, Kansas, and a F-84 crashed near the city's business district killing the pilot and three residents.[3]

On 22 October 1962, before President John F. Kennedy told Americans that missiles were in place in Cuba, the squadron dispersed one third of its force, equipped with nuclear tipped missiles to Central Nebraska Regional Airport at the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis.[4][5] These planes returned to Richards-Gebaur after the crisis.

However, Starting on 19 December 1962, the squadron established a detachment of fighters at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida. This operation ended on 15 February 1963.[6] For one year, a similar detachment was established at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, from 1 August 1965 until 1 July 1966. From 1966 until inactivation, the 326th maintained a detachment at Grand Island Municipal Airport, Nebraska.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 326th Fighter Squadron on 24 June 1942
Activated on 10 July 1942
  • Disbanded on 31 March 1944
  • Reconstituted, and redesignated 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 23 March 1953
Activated on 18 December 1953
Inactivated on 2 January 1967

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

  • Bell P-39 Airacobra, 1942–1944
  • North American F-86D Sabre, 1953–1957
  • Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, 1957–1967

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadronsp. 402
  2. ^ a b Cornett & Johnson, p. 126
  3. ^ "Brand New Jet Crashes Homes". Record Eagle. Traverse City, Michigan. July 8, 1954. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  4. ^ McMullen, pp. 10-12
  5. ^ NORAD/CONAD Participation in the Cuban Missile Crisisp. 16
  6. ^ "Abstract, History 328 Fighter Wing, CY 1962". Air Force History Index. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 

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 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. 
  • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (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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