84th Military Airlift Squadron

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84th Military Airlift Squadron
Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster 59-0522.jpg
A C-133B Cargomaster 59-0522 of the 84th ATS, in about 1960
Active 1943–1971
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Engagements American Defense Service - Streamer.png
American Defense (World War II)
Decorations US Air Force Outstanding Unit Award - Stremer.jpg
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (3x)
Insignia
84th Military Airlift Squadron Emblem 84th Military Airlift Squadron - Emblem.png

The 84th Military Airlift Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was to the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Military Airlift Command, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California.

It was inactivated on 1 July 1971.

History[edit]

A C-124C Globemaster II; note the front-opening doors

Activated under the Alaskan Wing, Air Transport Command in March 1943 at Edmonton Airport, Alberta, Canada; it provided support for transient lend-lease aircraft bound for the Soviet Union during 1943, as well as Eleventh Air Force aircraft which were to be used during the Aleutian Campaign.

The squadron was re-activated at Great Falls AFB, Montana in 1952 under Military Air Transport Service. It operated C-54 Skymasters until MATS shut down operations at Great Falls. It moved to Travis AFB in 1953, where it was equipped with long range C-124 Globemaster II intercontinental transports. The unit flew worldwide strategic transport missions under the Western Transport Air Force. It was re-equipped with the C-133B Cargomaster very heavy strategic transport aircraft in 1958, and continued worldwide transport operations until July 1971 when the C-133s were retired.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as the 84th Ferrying Squadron and activated on 25 March 1943
Re-designated as the 84th Transport Squadron on 26 March 1943
Inactivated on 20 September 1943
Disbanded on 8 October 1948
  • Reconstituted as the 84th Air Transport Squadron (Medium) and activated on 20 January 1952
Re-designated as the 84th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy on 16 May 1953
Re-designated as the 84th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 January 1966
Inactivated on 1 July 1971

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

  • Edmonton Airport, Alberta, Canada, 25 March-20 September 1943
  • Great Falls AFB, Montana, 20 Jul 1952
  • Travis AFB, California, 16 May 1953 – 1 July 1971

Aircraft[edit]

  • Transient lend-lease aircraft on Alaska Transport Route, 1943
  • C-54 Skymaster, 1952–1953
  • C-124 Globemaster II, 1953–1958
  • C-133 Cargomaster, 1957–1971

References[edit]

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


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