9th Airlift Squadron

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9th Airlift Squadron
Air Mobility Command.svg
Lockheed C-5B Galaxy 86-0020.jpg
An 9th Airlift Squadron C-5B is marshalled out of its parking spot for a mission 8 March 2012[note 1]
Active 1940–1946; 1949–1951; 1953–1963; 1965–1968; 1971–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Airlift
Part of Air Mobility Command
Garrison/HQ Dover Air Force Base, Delaware
Nickname(s) Proud Pelicans[citation needed]
Engagements American Theater of Operations
Pacific Theater of Operations[1]
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
Lieutenant Colonel Justin D. Ballinger
9th Airlift Squadron emblem[note 2] 9th Airlift Squadron.jpg
9th Troop Carrier Squadron emblem (approved 10 February 1943)[1] 9th Troop Carrier Sq emblem.png

The 9th Airlift Squadron is a unit of the United States Air Force based at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware and flying the C-5M Super Galaxy.


The 9th Airlift Squadron provides worldwide airlift to meet Department of Defense, Department of State and Presidential mobility requirements.


World War II[edit]

The 9th conducted replacement training through 1943, and subsequently aerial transportation in the Pacific Theater during World War II.[1]/

Reserves and Korean mobilization[edit]

Strategic airlift[edit]

It has provided worldwide airlift since 1953. The 9th resupplied scientific camps in Antarctica from 1959–1961, and 1965–1968. It also flew missions to Southeast Asia from 1965–1968, and 1972–1973 and participated in the evacuation of refugees from Southeast Asia in April 1975. The squadron supported operations in Grenada, 24 October 1983 – 11 December 1983; Panama, 19 December 1989 – 14 January 1990; and Southwest Asia, August 1990–July 1991.[1]


  • Constituted as the 9th Transport Squadron on 1 January 1938
Activated on 1 December 1940
Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942
Inactivated on 15 October 1946
  • Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 10 May 1949
Activated in the reserve on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 May 1951
Inactivated on 9 May 1951
  • Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy on 19 March 1953
Activated on 20 June 1953
Discontinued and inactivated on 18 January 1963
  • Activated on 13 November 1964 (not organized)
Organized on 1 January 1965
Redesignated 9th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 January 1966
Discontinued and inactivated on 8 September 1968
  • Activated on 1 April 1971
Redesignated 9th Airlift Squadron on 1 December 1991[1]







Explanatory notes
  1. ^ Aircraft is Lockheed C-5B, serial 86-20 This was the last active-duty C-5B mission flown at Dover AFB.
  2. ^ The emblem was modified between 1963 and 1995 to bring all elements within the disc and comply with Air Force regulations. Compare image and desctiption in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p.54 with those in Endicott, pp. 402-403.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i No byline (January 9, 2008). "Factsheet 9 Airlift Squadron". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved June 29, 2018.


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