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Ancestry.Formed 44 Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) 22 Nov 1940. Activated 1 Jan 1941. Renamed 44 Fighter Squadron 15 May 1942; 44 Fighter Squadron, Two Engine, on 26 January 1944; 44 Fighter Squadron, single-engine, on 6 May 1946; 44 Fighter Squadron, Jet, December 23, 1949; 44 fighter-bomber squadron on 20 January 1950; 44 Squadron of Tactical Fighters on July 1, 1958; 44 Fighter Squadron on October 1, 1991.

assignments18 Pursuit (later 18 Fighter) Group, January 1, 1941; 318 Fighter Group, Oct. 20, 1942; South Pacific, December 1, 1942; Thirteenth Air Force, January 4, 1943; 18 Fighter (later 18 Fighter-Bomber) Group March 30, 1943 (affiliated with 18 Fighter-Bomber Wing July 25–November 30, 1950; 6200 Air Base Wing December 1, 1950–January 30, 1953; Thirteenth Air Force Jan 31, 1953-Nov 10, 1954 and Dec 11, 1954-Jan 4, 1955;6200 Air Base Wing Jan 5-27, 1955;Air Task Group Fifth, Provisional Jan 27-16 Feb 1955 6,200 Air Base Wing 17 Feb-14 Jul 1955 Air Task Force 13 Provisional 3-30 Sep 1955 314 Air Division 15-18 Apr 1956;18th Fighter-Bomber Squadron 1 Feb-1955 September 30, 1957); 18 Fighter-Bomber Wing (later 18 Tactical Fighter), 1 Oct 1957 (attached to 2 Air Division 18 Dec 1964 to 25 Feb 1965, 21 Apr to 23 Jun 1965 and from October 19 to 29, 1965); 388 Tactical Fighter Wing 25 Apr 1967 (attached to 355 Tactical Fighter Wing 10–14 Oct 1969); 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 15 Oct 1969; Thirteenth Air Force, December 10, 1970; 18 Tactical Fighter Wing 15 Mar 1971 (affiliated to 3 Tactical Fighter Wing 2 Apr-2 Jun 1972 and 28 Jul-8 Sep 1972; 327 Air Division 6 Nov 1972-5 Aug 1973 , August 26, September 16 to 16, 1973, 7 – 10/28/1973, 11/18 – 12/09/1973, 12/30/1973 – 01/20/1974, 02/10 – 03/02 1974, 03/23 – 04/13/1974, 04/05 – 1974/25, June 15–July 6, 1974, July 27, 1974, August 16, 1974, September 5–October 17, 1974, November 30, 1974–January 9, 1975 and February 20–April 10, 1975) ; 18 Tactical Fighter Group, May 1, 1978; 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, 11 February 1981; 18 Operations Group October 1, 1991–.

seasonsWheeler Field, TH, Jan 1, 1941; Bellows Field, TH, Nov 7, 1941; Wheeler Field, TH, December 12, 1941; Kaneohe, TH, December 27, 1941; Wheeler Field, TH, Jan 25, 1942; Bellows Field, Thursday June 23 and October 23, 1942; Efate, New Hebrides, 7 Nov 1942 (air squadron operated from Guadalcanal 20 Dec 1942 to 20 Mar 1944); Holy Spirit, October 25, 1943 (air squadron operated from Treasure Island, Solomon Islands from March 20 to April 25, 1944, and from Guadalcanal from May 11 to July 16, 1944); Guadalcanal, July 17, 1944; Cape Opmarai, New Guinea, 23 Aug 1944 (air squadron operated from Morotai 7 Nov 1944 to 16 Jan 1945); Lingayen, Luzon, January 13, 1945; San José, Mindoro, 26 February 1945 (air squadron operated by Palawan from 26 April to 13 May 1945); Zamboanga, Mindanao, May 4-November. 1945; Port Princess, Palawan, November 10, 1945; White Florida, Luzon, July 17, 1946; Clark Field (later AFB), Luzon, 3 Oct 1947 (in service with Yonton Auxiliary AB, Okinawa, 11 Nov–11 Dec 1954; Tao Yuan AB, Formosa, 27 Jan–17 Feb 1955 ); Kadena AB, Okinawa 07/15/1955 (in service with Tao Yuan AB, Formosa 09/03/1955-09/30/1955; Pyongtaek AB, South Korea 04/15/1956-04/18/1956; and Korat RTAFB, Thailand 12/18/1964-02/25/1965, 21 Apr-22 Jun 1965 Korat RTAFB, Thailand 25 Apr 1967 (in service with Takhli RTAFB, Thailand 1-27 Feb 1969) Takhli RTAFB, Thailand Oct 10, 1969 – Mar 15, 1971; Kadena AB, Okinawa (later Japan), Mar 15, 1971– (in service with Kunsan AB, South Korea, Apr 2–Jun 2, 1972 and from July 28 to September 8, 1972; Ching Chaun Kang AB, Taiwan, November 6, 1972 to 1972 5).1974, March 23 to April 13, 1974, May 4 to 25, 1974, June 15 to July 6, 1974, July 27 to August 16, 1974, September 5 to October 17, 1974, November 30, 1974 to January 9, 1975, and February 20 to April 10, 1975).

commanders2 liters AC Newton, January 1, 1941; Captain JL Holtner, January 15, 1941; Captain Kenneth P. Bergquist, February 27, 1941; Captain Arthur R. Kingham, October 3, 1941; 1 Lieutenant J.L. McBride, January 1942; Captain E. W. Stewart, August 23, 1942; Major Kermit A. Tyler, September 9, 1942; Major John E. Little, May 25, 1943; Major Robert B. Westbrook, September 25, 1943; Captain Joseph J. Lesicka, January 21, 1944; Major Peyton S. Mathis Jr., February 6, 1944; Lt. Col. Charles M. Walton Jr., June 7, 1944; Captain Robert J. Connolly, November 21, 1944; Lt. Col. Charles M. Walton Jr., December 7, 1944; Captain Joseph J. Lesicka, June 1, 1945; Major Robert Dow, August 4, 1945; Captain Lloyd D. Wineger, March 23, 1946; Major Robert E. Dawson, April 3, 1946; Major Franklin H. Scott, December 5, 1946-24. March 1947; none (no personnel), March 25–October 2, 1947; Major Franklin H. Scott, October 3, 1947; Major John W. Singleton, February 9, 1948; Lt. Col. Andrew R. Schindler, February 5, 1949; Lt. Col. James DC Robinson, October 10, 1949; Major Robert Dow, October 17, 1949; Lt. Col. Robert J. Leimbacher, July 24, 1950; Major Charles H. Gipson, c. August 15, 1950; Major Charles E. McGee, June 25, 1951; Major Jack S. Wilson, May 6, 1953; Maj. Don L. Robinson, July 25, 1954; Lt. Col. Joseph E. Andres, January 22, 1955; Major Burton S. Shiner Jr., July 22, 1955; Lt. Col. Carleton W. Rogers, November 19, 1955; Lt. Col. Lucien K. Cox, October 24, 1956; Major James B. Richards Jr., March 25, 1958; Lt. Col. Joe T. Wilkerson, November 20, 1958; Lt. Col. Roy L. Bowlin Jr., February 5, 1959; Major Woodfin M. Sullivan, September 30, 1959; Lt. Col. Toive L. Akkola, June 5, 1962; Lt. Col. Grant R. Smith, June 15, 1963; Lt. Col. William B. Craig, May 16, 1964; Lt. Col. Richard M. Baughn, June 30, 1965; Lt. Col. Gerald F. Fitzgerald, May 1, 1966; Maj. Ronald E. Johnson, October 1, 1966; Captain Roger P. Scheer, December 31, 1966-24. April 1967 (acting); Lt. Col. Kenneth F. Hite, April 25, 1967; Lt. Col. Fred A. Treyz, May 18, 1967; Lt. Col. James E. McInerney Jr., October 1, 1967; Lt. Col. Robert A. Evans, November 2, 1967; Lt. Col. Guy J. Sherrill, May 5, 1968; Lt. Col. Herbert L. Sherrill, March 16, 1969; Lt. Col. Harley N. Wills, October 10, 1969; Lt. Col. Edward D. Moriarty, February 13, 1970; Lt. Col. William D. Lockwood, May 26, 1970; Lt. Col. Roy S. Dickey, July 18-c. November 2, 1970; Lt. Col. William H. Lewis, c. November 2-c. December 10, 1970 (acting); none (unaired), December 10, 1970-14. May 1971; Lt. Col. Charles J. O'Connell, May 15, 1971; Lt. Col. William F. Weiger, September 7, 1971; Lt. Col. John W. Varnum, August 19, 1973; Lt. Col. Harold L. Allen, May 22, 1975; Lt. Col. Bobby R. Noack, November 21, 1975; Lt. Col. Arlo P. Wenstrand, February 4, 1978; Lt. Col. Robert D. Clark, June 1, 1979; Lt. Col. William R. Ricks, June 15, 1981; Colonel Joe Lee Burns, November 26, 1982; Lt. Col. Jerry L. Hanchey, May 30, 1984; Lt. Col. George W. Hawks Jr., November 7, 1985; Lt. Col. William E. Current, May 22, 1987; Lt. Col. Carrol H. Chandler, June 17, 1988; Lt. Col. John P. Pope, November 30, 1989; Lt. Col. Robert P. Manke, July 3, 1991; Lt. Col. Craig R. Dedrick, April 9, 1993; Lt. Col. James J. Jackson Jr., November 10, 1994; Lt. Col. John M. Dailey, February 16, 1996; Lt. Col. Richard M. Kessel, February 1, 1997; Lt. Col. Derek S. Hess, April 28, 1998; Lt. Col. Roderick C. Zastrow, July 14, 2000; Lt. Col. Jeffery Hanson, May 4, 2001; Lt. Col. Bruce D. Ellwein, July 12, 2003; Lt. Col. William K. Lewis, May 6, 2005; Lt. Col. Richard H. Boutwell, May 4, 2007; Lt. Col. Brian Farrar, April 2009; Lt. Col. Joel Carey, November 2010; Lieutenant Colonel David Eaglin, May 11, 2012-.

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Plane.P-40, 1941-1942, 1943; P-38, 1943-1946; P (más tarde F)–51, 1946–1947, 1948–1950; P-47, 1946-1947, 1947-1948; P-80, 1946-1947, 1949-1954; F-86, 1954-1957; F-100, 1957-1964; F-105, 1963-1966, 1967-1970; F-4, 1971-1980; F-15, 1979-.

The operation.She conducted patrols over the Pacific from Hawaii from December 7, 1941 to October 1, 1941. 1942. Battle of the South and Southwest Pacific, December 21, 1942–15. August 1945. Battle of Southeast Asia, December 18, 1964–25. February 1965, April 21 - April 22 June 1965, October 19-29, 1965 and April 25, 1967-6. October 1970. Unmanned, December 31, 1966–24. April 1967 and November 1970-15. May 1971. Okinawa and Japan Air Defenses, 1971–. Conducted operations, exercises, and training in support of general and contingency war plans, 1993-.


The campaign streamer.Second World War: Guadalcanal; Solomon of the North; Bismarck Archipelago; New Guinea; read you; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Central Pacific; West Pacific; the defense of China.Vietnam: Vietnam Tips; Vietnam defensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam air/ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/ counteroffensive; Vietnam summer-fall 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary counteroffensive; southwest monsoon; V Commando HuntGlobal War on Terror:GWOT-E.

Expeditionary Streamer of the Armed Forces.none.

decorationsDistinguished Unit Award: Philippines, 10-11 November 1944. Presidential Unit Citations: Southeast Asia, 22-23 April. June 1965 and 22.-28. October 1965; Southeast Asia, April 25–May 1, 1967. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with "V" Combat Device: August 1, 1964–5. June 1965; April 25–30 June 1967; July 1, 1967–30. June 1968; July 1, 1968–15. September 1969; Oct 15, 1969-24. November 1970. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: December 1, 1959–30. November 1960; September 1, 1962 – August 31, 1963; June 6, 1965–31. December 1966; 9/1/1978 - 9/30/1979; October 1, 1979–May 31, 1980; July 1, 1981–31. May 1983; June 1, 1983–31. May 1984; July 1, 1984–31. May 1986; June 1, 1987–31. May 1989; June 1, 1989–31. May 1991; June 1, 1991-31. May 1993; June 1, 1993-31. August 1994; September 1, 1995-31. August 1997; October 1, 1998-30. September 2000; Oct 1, 2000-30. September 2002; October 1, 2002-30. September 2004; November 1, 2005-30. September 2007; October 31, 2009-[1. November] 2010; November 2, 2010-1. November 2012; Nov 2, 2012 – Jan 1 Nov. 2013. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII). Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 7 March 1967–15. March 1971.

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Pedigree, tasks, stations and honorsAugust 15, 2016.

commanders throughMay 2012;Aircraft and operations throughDecember 31, 2010.

replacedStatement prepared in February 2014.

Emblem.Approved on February 18, 1942; Last performance, September 3, 2019.

Prepared byTSgt David Dollman.


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  • 6) The Hindenberg. ...
  • 7) The Voyager. ...
  • 8) Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker.
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What is the largest squadron in pacaf? ›

The 18th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron is PACAF's largest and most complex aerospace team, enhancing human performance and minimizing disease at the Air Forces largest combat wing and supporting 55,000 personnel across Okinawa.

What is the Air Force version of seals? ›

Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida, is the special operations component of the United States Air Force.

Where is the biggest USAF base? ›

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Positioned on Northwest Florida's pristine Emerald Coast between Pensacola and Panama City, Eglin AFB is the largest Air Force base in the world and lays claim to over 700 acres of diverse terrain including forests of pine trees, swamps, and white sand beaches.

What is the highest paid pilot? ›

High Paying Pilot Jobs
  • Helicopter Pilot. Salary range: $52,000-$115,000 per year. ...
  • Private Pilot. Salary range: $52,000-$100,000 per year. ...
  • Corporate Pilot. Salary range: $55,000-$100,000 per year. ...
  • Chief Pilot. Salary range: $64,000-$100,000 per year. ...
  • Assistant Chief Pilot. ...
  • Air Charter Pilot. ...
  • Airline Pilot. ...
  • Commercial Pilot.

What is the highest fighter pilot salary? ›

The average Fighter Pilot salary is $98,079 as of February 27, 2023, but the salary range typically falls between $86,639 and $110,219. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

How much does a Navy F 18 pilot get paid? ›

How much does a Pilot make at US Navy in the United States? Average US Navy Pilot yearly pay in the United States is approximately $93,916, which is 41% above the national average.

Can any fighter beat F-22? ›

The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft. A combination of sensor capability, integrated avionics, situational awareness, and weapons provides first-kill opportunity against threats.

Why is the F-22 being phased out? ›

The USAF wants to retire the F-22 Raptor beginning around 2030 mainly due to two reasons: the F-22's high operating costs, and the F-22's obsolescence in a number of areas, with the latter being the primary reason. As already reported, Speaking during the McAleese FY2022 Defense Programs Conference Gen.

Why does the U.S. sell the F-35 but not the F-22? ›

Several Air Force offices conducted studies with different variables on what such an export program would look like. But, bottom line, Congress never authorized the money to fund an export version of the F-22. And foreign suitors were already eyeing another, even more expensive, project: The F-35.

How many jet planes are in a squadron? ›

A squadron in air force, or naval aviation is a unit comprising a number of military aircraft and their aircrews, usually of the same type, typically with 12 to 24 aircraft, sometimes divided into three or four flights, depending on aircraft type and air force.

How many F-16 are in a service? ›

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon
StatusIn service
Primary usersUnited States Air Force 25 other users (see operators page)
Produced1973–2017, 2019–present
Number built4,604 (June 2018)
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How many jets are in a Russian squadron? ›

In fast bomber/light bomber regiments there were five squadrons of 12 aircraft each, which in all accounted for 61 aircraft and 77 crews. Long-range bomber regiments were approximately same in composition, and the heavy (bombardment) regiments had 40 aircraft.

How many F-35 are in a squadron? ›

In the current plan, all F-35B (and carrier-capable F-35C) squadrons will be equipped with 10 aircraft. The plan for F-35 squadrons is in accord with Marine Corps Commandant David H. Berger's Force Design 2030 plan for restructuring the Marine Corps. Lt.

How many F-22 in a squadron? ›

The standard squadron contains 24 combat-coded fighters. The F-22's Operational Requirements Document validated that metric. The ORD was signed by the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

What squadron is the F-22 Raptor? ›

The 43rd Fighter Squadron is the Air Force's first F-22 flying squadron and will train all future F-22 pilots and maintenance crews.

How big is a fighter squadron? ›

Usually commanded by a lieutenant colonel, squadrons range in size from 30 to 500 personnel depending upon the mission. Fighter squadrons typically are assigned 18-24 aircraft. Group. Three or more squadrons typically form a group.

Why does the Navy not use F-16? ›

Most accounts state that a primary reason for rejection of the F-16 was that the Navy preferred its aircraft to have two engines, because of the added over-water safety factor. Some say the Navy thought there was more growth potential in a scaled-up YF-17, and that it had superior range to the F-16.

How much is an F-16 worth? ›

Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70/72: $64 million. The F-16 was created as a light and maneuverable fighter jet that would offer an affordable alternative to the F-15.

What will the F-16 be replaced with? ›

Such a jet doesn't exist—yet—but thanks to new digital engineering techniques, it could actually enter service before 2030. Now, the alternative aviation magazine Hush-Kit has brought experts together to design that potential F-16 replacement. The result: the F-36 Kingsnake lightweight fighter.

How many tanks does Russia have left? ›

While it's true that Russia has in storage some 10,000 old tanks—T-62s, T-72s and T-80s—many have been sitting outside, exposed to the elements and looters, for decades.

Which is better F-35 or Su-57? ›

In regards to performance, it's hard to argue with the Su-57. First, the Sukhoi Su-57 Felon is significantly faster in the air. The Su-57 is capable of reaching speeds of over Mach 2 (at altitude) and Mach 1.3 (in super-cruise). Meanwhile, the F-35 only reaches max speeds of Mach 1.6 (1,119 mph).

How many F-35 does the US have? ›

The F-35 first flew in 2006 and entered service with the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B in July 2015, followed by the U.S. Air Force F-35A in August 2016 and the U.S. Navy F-35C in February 2019.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
F-35 Lightning II
Number built890+ as of March 2023
Developed fromLockheed Martin X-35
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Can F-35 take off vertically? ›

The F-35B has special modifications that allow it to take off and land vertically like a helicopter.

How many F-35 does Japan have? ›

Program Stats. As a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) participant, the JASDF has an established program of record of 147 F-35 Aircraft, consisting of 105 F-35 A models and up to 42 F-35 B models.

How many F 18 squadrons are there? ›

There are 16 fleet F/A-18 strike fighter squadrons homeported at NAS Oceana, all maintaining their combat readiness in order to deploy aboard an aircraft carrier whenever needed to project U.S. military might throughout the world.


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