50th Military Airlift Squadron
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|50th Military Airlift Squadron|
Douglas C-124 Globemaster II on the flightline
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Military Airlift Command|
|Motto(s)||Transportatio Certe in Caelo Latin Sure Transportation in the Skies|
|50th Air Transport Squadron emblem|
The 50th Military Airlift Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was to the 1502d Air Transport Wing, Military Air Transport Service, stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
It was inactivated on 8 January 1966.
Replaced the 1266th Air Transport Squadron, which had been established in 1949 as a medium transport squadron flying C-54 Skymasters, it transported supplies and personnel in the Pacific between Hawaii and the Philippines and bases in-between. It received long distance Boeing C-97 Stratofreighters and intercontinental Douglas C-124 Globemaster IIs in the 1950s and was part of the Military Air Transport Service worldwide network of transport units. It flew routes between India and the West Coast of the United States, Alaska and Japan.
- Constituted as the 50th Ferrying Squadron (Special)
- Activated c. 1 August 1942
- Redesignated 50th Transition Training Squadron on 4 June 1943
- Disbanded on 31 March 1944
- Reconstituted on 20 June 1952 as the 50th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy
- Activated on 20 July 1952
- Redesignated 50th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 January 1966
- Inactivated on 22 December 1969
- 1st Operational Training Unit, c. 1 August 1942 – 31 March 1944
- 1500th Air Transport Group (later 1502d Air Transport Group), 20 July 1952
- 1502d Air Transport Wing, 1 May 1958
- 61st Military Airlift Wing 8 January 1966 – 22 December 1969 (not operational after 1 December 1969)
- Rosecrans Field, Missouri, c. 1 August 1942 – 31 March 1944
- Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, 20 July 1952 - 22 December 1969
- C-54 Skymaster, 1949-1952
- C-97 Stratofreighter, 1952-1955
- C-124 Globemaster II, 1955-1966
- Ravenstein, pp. 97-98
- Mueller, p. 235
- Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-53-6.
- Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
- Ulanoff, Stanley M. (1964). MATS: The Story of the Military Air Transport Service. New York, NY: Franklin Watts, Inc. ISBN 978-1-19908-768-3.