76th Airlift Squadron

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76th Airlift Squadron
76 AS.jpg
76th Airlift Squadron Patch
Active 30 January 1943 - 31 March 1944
20 July 1952 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of United States Air Forces in Europe
3rd Air Force
86th Airlift Wing
86th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Ramstein Air Base
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Lockheed C-121C-LO Super Constellation 54-0168

The 76th Airlift Squadron (76 AS) is part of the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It operates C-20, C-21, C-37, C-40 Clipper aircraft providing executive airlfit in Europe.


Conduct executive airlift missions.


The 76th trained transport flight crews, February 1943-March 1944. It has flown worldwide airlift since 1952. The squadron transported UN troops to Suez Canal in November 1956. The 76th has also supported operations in Southeast Asia from, 1966–1973, the evacuation of Saigon in May 1975, in Grenada, October–December 1983, Panama, 18–28 December 1989, and Southwest Asia, August 1990-December 1991.

Secretary of Commerce Incident[edit]

On April 3, 1996, United States Air Force Boeing CT-43A (Flight IFO-21) operated by the 76 AS, crashed on approach to Dubrovnik, Croatia, while on an official trade mission. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-200 originally built as T-43A navigational trainer and later converted into a CT-43A executive transport aircraft, was carrying United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 34 other people, including The New York Times Frankfurt bureau chief Nathaniel C. Nash.[1] While attempting an instrument approach to Dubrovnik Airport, the airplane crashed into a mountainside. Air Force Technical Sergeant Shelly Kelly survived the initial impact, but died en route to hospital. Everyone else on board died at the scene of the crash. [2]

Unlike civilian 737s, the military CT-43A version was equipped with neither a flight data recorder nor a cockpit voice recorder.[3]


  • Constituted as 76th Ferrying Squadron (Special) on 30 Jan 1943
Activated on 8 Feb 1943
Redesignated as 76th Transport Transition Squadron on 4 Jun 1943
Disbanded on 31 Mar 1944
  • Reconstituted, and redesignated as 76th Air Transport Squadron, Medium, on 20 Jun 1952
Activated on 20 Jul 1952
Redesignated as: 76th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 Jan 1966
Redesignated as: 76th Airlift Squadron on 1 Oct 1991.


Bases stationed[edit]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft flying in this unit[edit]

84-0084 (Feb'94); 84-0086 (Feb'94)



  1. ^ "List of crash victims". CNN. April 4, 1996. 
  2. ^ "Najpotresnije zrakoplovne nesreće u hrvatskoj povijesti". Index.hr. 22 August 2008. 
  3. ^ Hughes, David "USAF, NTSB, Croatia Probe 737 Crash", Aviation Week & Space Technology, 8 April 1996

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