329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Airdefensecommand-logo.jpg
329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron-F-106-59-0023.jpg
Active 1942–1944; 1955–1967
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role [interceptor aircraft
Insignia
Patch with 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron emblem (approved 27 October 1955)[1] 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Emblem.jpg

The 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Los Angeles Air Defense Sector at George Air Force Base, California, where it was inactivated on 1 July 1967.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

Established in mid-1942 as a IV Fighter Command Operational Training Unit (OTU) with a mission to train fighter pilots on single-engine fighter aircraft. Later became a Replacement Training Unit (RTU). Inactivated in early 1944 when the need for fighter pilots was reduced.

Air defense[edit]

4722d Air Defense Group F-86D[note 2]

The squadron was redesignated the 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron and reactivated at George Air Force Base, California in August 1955[1] as part of Air Defense Command's Project Arrow, which was designed to bring back on the active list the fighter units which had compiled memorable records in the two world wars.[2] At George. the squadron replaced the 456th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, which had been detached from the 520th Air Defense Group at Truax Field, Wisconsin, assuming its North American F-86D Sabres and its mission to provide air defense over the Southern California region.[3]

Squadron F-102 Delta Dagger[note 3]

In the spring of 1957 it received F-86L Sabres and a year later transitioned into Convair F-102A Delta Dagger aircraft. In July 1960 the unit began flying Convair F-106 Delta Darts. The 329th was inactivated on 31 July 1967 as part of the phasedown of ADC.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 329th Fighter Squadron (Single Engine) on 24 June 1942
Activated on 10 July 1942
Redesignated 329th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine c. 1 August 1943
Disbanded on 31 March 1944
  • Reconstituted and redesignated 329th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 20 June 1955
Activated on 18 August 1955[4]
Inactivated on 1 July 1967

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

  • Bell P-39 Airacobra, 1942–1944
  • North American F-86D Sabre, 1955–1958
  • Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, 1958–1960
  • Convair F-106 Delta Dart, 1960–1967[4]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Aircraft is Convair F-106A Delta Dart serial 59-23, taken in the mid-1960s.
  2. ^ Aircraft is North American F-86D-40-NA Sabre serial 52-3719. Taken at George AFB, California, July 1957. Two stripes on the fuselage represent Operations Officer's aircraft.
  3. ^ Aircraft is Convair F-102A-90-CO Delta Dagger serial 57-811. Taken about 1959.
Citations
  1. ^ a b Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 406
  2. ^ Buss, Sturm, Volan, & McMullen, p.6
  3. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 562
  4. ^ a b c d Lineage, including assignments, stations and aircraft, through 1963 in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 406

Bibliography[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

External links[edit]