In 1959 Ardmore closed and the 463rd transferred to Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, to join the 314th TCW, making Sewart the only US C-130 troop carrier base. The wing moved again in 1964, this time to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where it replaced a TAC refueling wing that was being discontinued. The 463d airlifted and airdropped troops and cargo to support operations and exercises worldwide, supporting deployments during the following crises: Lebanon (July 1958), Taiwan (August 1958), Berlin (September 1961), Cuba (October–November 1962), the Gulf of Tonkin (August–December 1964), Southeast Asia (February and April–November 1965), and the Dominican Republic (April–September 1965).
463d Troop Carrier Wing463d Tactical Airlift Wing463rd Troop Carrier Wing
Groups. 314th Air Base Group: 1 December 1965 – 1 July 1967. 839th Air Base Group (later 839th Combat Support Group): 8 October 1957 – 1 October 1964. 4442d Combat Crew Training Group: See 4442d School Squadron. 61st Troop Carrier Squadron: 1 December 1965 – 1 July 1966 (attached to Troop Carrier Wing, Provisional, 4413th). 62d Troop Carrier Squadron: 1 December 1965 – 1 July 1966 (attached to Troop Carrier Wing, Provisional, 4413th). 4442d School Squadron (later 4442d Combat Crew Training Squadron, 4442d Combat Crew Training Group, 4442d Combat Crew Training Wing): 1 July 1962 – 26 February 1970. Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 October 1957.
64th Troop Carrier Wing64th Tactical Airlift Wing64th Troop Carrier Group
Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 1 July 1966. Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, 9 March 1970 – 31 May 1971.
C-130 HerculesC-130C-130H Hercules
The first batch of C-130A production aircraft were delivered beginning in 1956 to the 463d Troop Carrier Wing at Ardmore AFB, Oklahoma and the 314th Troop Carrier Wing at Sewart AFB, Tennessee. Six additional squadrons were assigned to the 322d Air Division in Europe and the 315th Air Division in the Far East. Additional aircraft were modified for electronics intelligence work and assigned to Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany while modified RC-130As were assigned to the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) photo-mapping division. The C-130A entered service with the U.S. Air Force in December 1956.
Kung Kuan Air BaseChing Chuan Kang ABCCK Air Force Base
Tactical Air Command reassigned the 314th Troop Carrier Wing, with Fairchild C-123 Providers and Lockheed C-130 Hercules to CCK on 22 January 1966 from Sewart AFB, Tennessee. Known squadrons were: These aircraft remained deployed to the base to provide passenger and cargo airlift throughout the Far East and combat airlift in Southeast Asia. The 314th TAW returned to Little Rock AFB, Arkansas in 1971. The 314th was replaced by the Pacific Air Forces 374th Tactical Airlift Wing on 31 May 1971, being reassigned from Naha AB, Okinawa with CCK becoming a major depot support facility in Asia for theater-based tactical airlift aircraft.
TACComposite Air Strike ForceAir Defense Tactical Air Command
Sewart AFB (Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Wings). 840th Air Division (1964–1969). Lockbourne AFB (Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Wings). Fighters / Attack / Reconnaissance. Douglas A-1 Skyraider. Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II. Fairchild-Republic A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II. Cessna A-37 Dragonfly. McDonnell Douglas F-4/RF-4 Phantom II. Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter. McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle. General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. North American P-51/F-51 Mustang. Lockheed P-80/F-80/RF-80 Shooting Star. Republic P-47/F-47 Thunderbolt. Republic Aviation F-84/RF-84 Thunderjet. North American F-82 Twin Mustang. North American F-86 Sabre.
513th Tactical Airlift Wing513th Troop Carrier Wing3d Combat Cargo Group
July 1972. 61st Troop Carrier Squadron (later 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron]]: attached 6 May-11 August 1967; 8 April - c. 29 June 1968; 27 May – 6 July 1970; 5 January - 16 March 1973. 345th Troop Carrier Squadron: attached 8 October 1956 – 12 November 1958. 346th Troop Carrier Squadron: attached 8 October 1956 – 30 June 1958; 13 February-11 March 1968. 347th Troop Carrier Squadron (later 347th Tactical Airlift Squadron]]: attached 22 June - 23 September 1967; 15 June - 6 September 1969; 5 September - 15 November 1970. 348th Tactical Airlift Squadron: attached 6 September - 16 November 1969; 17 February - 4 March 1970; 7 May – 13 July 1970; 5 January - 15 March 1971; 6 May – 1 June 1972. 530th
C-47 SkytrainC-47Douglas C-47
The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota (RAF, RAAF and RNZAF designation) is a military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II and remains in front-line service with various military operators.
314th Troop Carrier Wing314th Tactical Airlift Wing314th Troop Carrier Group
Smyrna Air Force Base (later Sewart Air Force Base), 1 November 1958 – c. 15 January 1966. Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan, 22 January 1966. Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, 31 May 1971 – present. Douglas C-47 Skytrain (1948–1953). Fairchild C-82 Packet (1948–1951). Waco CG-15 (glider) (1949–1951). Chase YG-18 (glider) (1949–1951). Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar (1949–1951). Douglas C-54 Skymaster (1949–1951, 1954–1955). Curtiss C-46 Commando (1952). Curtiss TC-46 Commando (1950). Chase YC-122 Avitruc(1950–1954). YH-12 (1951). Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw (1952–1955). L-5 Sentinel (1952–1953). Aeronca L-16 (1952–1953). De Havilland Canada L-20 Beaver (1952–1954). Piasecki H-21 (1955–1959).
Vietnamwar in VietnamSecond Indochina War
The Vietnam War (Chiến tranh Việt Nam), also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America (Kháng chiến chống Mỹ) or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies.
Outstanding Unit AwardAFOUAAir Force Outstanding Unit Awards
The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is one of the unit awards of the United States Air Force. It was established in 1954 and was the first independent Air Force decoration created (to this point, Air Force personnel were routinely awarded Army decorations). The Air Force Longevity Service Award would follow in 1957 with most of the standard Air Force awards (including the Air Force Good Conduct Medal) established in the early to mid 1960s.
C-82 PacketC-82Fairchild C-82A-FA Packet
The C-82 Packet is a twin-engine, twin-boom cargo aircraft designed and built by Fairchild Aircraft. It was used briefly by the United States Army Air Forces and the successor United States Air Force following World War II. The aircraft was named as a tribute to the packet boats that hauled mail, passengers and freight in Europe and its colonies, including North American rivers and canals, for most of the 18th and 19th centuries.
C-119 Flying BoxcarC-119Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar
The Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar (Navy and Marine Corps designation R4Q) was an American military transport aircraft developed from the World War II-era Fairchild C-82 Packet, designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute. The first C-119 made its initial flight in November 1947, and by the time production ceased in 1955, more than 1,100 C-119s had been built. Its cargo-hauling ability and unusual twin-boom design earned it the nickname "Flying Boxcar".
Clark FieldClark ABClark Air Force Base
Clark Air Base is a Philippine Air Force base on Luzon Island in the Philippines, located 3 mi west of Angeles, about 40 mi northwest of Metro Manila. Clark Air Base was previously a United States military facility, operated by the U.S. Air Force under the aegis of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and their predecessor organizations from 1903 to 1991. The base covered 14.3 sqmi with a military reservation extending north that covered another 230 sqmi.
Troop Carrier CommandAir Transport CommandAir Transport Command (later I Troop Carrier Command)
In 1959, the mission was moved to Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, and in 1971 to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, where it remains today under Air Education and Training Command (AETC). In the Pacific, the FEAF Combat Cargo Command was organized to control Far East Air Forces Troop Carrier Groups operating primarily in Occupied Japan. During the Korean War it was re-designated as the 315th Air Division when the number of units was expanded to support the United Nations forces in Korea. In the subsequent Cold War of the 1950s and 1960s, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) expanded its Troop Carrier units to include units in the Philippines, Okinawa and Taiwan.
50th Airlift Squadron50th Tactical Airlift Squadron50th Squadron
Smyrna Air Force Base (later Sewart) Air Force Base), Tennessee, 17 October 1949 – 27 August 1950. Ashiya Air Base, Japan, 4 September 1950 – 15 November 1954 (operated from Clark Air Base, Philippines, 26 June-5 Sep 1954). Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 15 November 1954 – c. 26 December 1965 (deployed to Clark Air Base, Philippines, 29 August-c. 20 December 1958 and May-Jul 1965; Évreux-Fauville Air Base, France, 27 March-c. 15 August 1961). Clark Air Base, Philippines, c. 26 December 1965. Kung Kuan Air Base (later Ching Chuan Kang Air Base), Taiwan, 28 January 1966 – 15 August 1973. Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, 15 August 1973 – 1 April 2016.
313th Troop Carrier Group313th Tactical Airlift Group313th Transport Group
Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 2 October 1953 – 8 June 1955. RAF Mildenhall, England, 15 September 1978 – 16 January 1993.
crashedList of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1955–59)1957
A USAF Fairchild C-119G-FA Flying Boxcar, 51-8026A, c/n 10769, of the 61st Troop Carrier Squadron, 314th Troop Carrier Wing, Tactical Air Command, Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, on a cargo airlift mission to Olmsted Air Force Base, Pennsylvania, crashes 7 miles N of Newport, Perry County, Pennsylvania at ~1515 hrs. ET, killing four crew. The weather at Olmsted was fluctuating rapidly with rain and fog, and at 1400 hrs. the pilot reported a missed approach to the field. After being cleared to altitude over the Lancaster beacon the conditions at Olmsted improved to above minimums and the pilot requested another approach.
List of C-130 Hercules crashescrashedIndonesian Air Force (A-1324)
May 31, 1966: C-130E 64-0511, c/n 3995, of the 61st Troop Carrier Squadron, 64th Troop Carrier Wing, shot down during Project Carolina Moon operation against the Thanh Hóa bridge on the Song Ma River, North Vietnam. Crew of eight KIA when Hercules attempted to drop an 8 ft bomb containing 5,000 lbs. of explosives on the rail bridge but exploded a few miles north of the target, assumed to have been either shot down or suffered controlled flight into terrain. June 17, 1966: USAF Military Airlift Command C-130E 63-7785, c/n 3852, operated by U.S.
19th Bombardment Group19th Bomb Group19th
41st Airlift Squadron: 1 October 2008 – present. 50th Airlift Squadron: 1 October 2008 – present. 52nd Airlift Squadron: 1 October 2009 – present. 53rd Airlift Squadron: 1 October 2008 – present. 61st Airlift Squadron: 1 October 2008 – present. 99th Air Refueling Squadron: 1 September 1991 – 1 September 2008. 345th Airlift Squadron: 6 August 2010 – c. June 2014 . 384th Air Refueling Squadron: 1 June 1992 – 1 January 1994. 712th Air Refueling Squadron: 1 April 1994 – 1 July 1996. 912th Air Refueling Squadron: 1 September 1991 – 1 April 1994. Rockwell Field, California, 24 June 1932. March Field, California, 25 October 1935. Albuquerque Field, New Mexico, 7 June-29 September 1941.
SmyrnaSmyrna, TNNissan North America, Inc. Smyrna
In 1941 during World War II, Sewart Air Force Base was established here and served as a B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 advanced training facility. During the 1950s and 1960s, the military personnel and dependents totaled more than 10,000 persons stationed at the base. The base was scheduled for closing in 1971. Most of the property was divided among the State of Tennessee, Rutherford County, and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. On its portion, the state opened and operates a Tennessee Army National Guard base and the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center. Much of the additional land was developed as the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority in 1990.
Little Rock AFBLittle Rock AFB, ArkansasAdams Field
The 19th Operations Group is composed of two flying squadrons—the 41st and 61st Airlift Squadrons. The 41st is the Air Force's first active-duty combat-ready C-130J squadron. These squadrons are operational and deploy throughout the world. 19th Mission Support Group. The 19th Mission Support Group encompasses the support and logistic functions for the base. The group includes contracting, civil engineer, communications, security forces, force support and the logistic readiness squadrons. 19th Maintenance Group. Deploys and trains C-130 maintainers and aircraft.
United States Air Forces in EuropeUSAFEUnited States Air Forces Europe
Rhein-Main Airfield. 61st Troop Carrier Squadron. Tullin Airfield, Austria. 313th Troop Carrier Group. 91st Airdrome Squadron. Wiesbaden Airfield. Detachment A, 15th Troop Carrier Squadron. United Kingdom:. RAF Alconbury – 86th Bombardment Squadron. RAF Bentwaters – 81st Fighter-Interceptor Wing. RAF Burtonwood – 59th Air Depot Wing. RAF Manston – 123d Fighter-Bomber Wing. RAF Molesworth – 582d Air Resupply Group. RAF Sculthorpe – 47th Light Bomb Wing. RAF Shepherds Grove – 78th Fighter Bomber Squadron. RAF Wethersfield – 20th Fighter-Bomber Wing. RAF Woodbridge – 79th Fighter-Bomber Squadron. West Germany:***. Rhein-Main AB – 433d Troop Carrier Wing.
315th Troop Carrier Group315th Transport Group315th
To replace the lost squadrons, the 61st Troop Carrier Squadron was activated at Bowman Field in October and the 62d Troop Carrier Squadron at Sedalia Army Air Field in December 1942, However these squadrons remained in the United States to be trained and were reassigned in March 1943 without ever joining the wing. While flying the North Atlantic ferry route, the air echelon encountered bad winter weather, causing it to remain in Greenland for about a month. While there it searched for missing aircraft and dropped supplies to downed crews. The ground echelon arrived in England in November 1942 for service with Eighth Air Force.
314th Troop Carrier Group314th Transport Group
Smyrna Air Force Base (later Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 21 October 1948. Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, North Carolina, 19 April 1950. Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 5 May-1 September 1950. Ashiya Air Base, Japan, 7 September 1950 – 15 November 1954. Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 15 November 1954 – 8 October 1957. Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, 15 September 1978 – 15 June 1980. Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, 1 December 1991–present. Douglas C-47 Skytrain, 1942–1946. Douglas C-53 Skytrooper, 1942–1943. Douglas C-54 Skymaster, 1947–1948. Fairchild C-82 Packet, 1949–1950. Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, 1950–1957. Lockheed C-130 Hercules, 1978–1980; 1991–present.