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6th Airlift Squadron

The 6th Airlift Squadron (6 AS) is part of the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. It operates the C-17 Globemaster III supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission world wide. The main base, along with the flying squadron, is located near the borough of Wrightstown, New Jersey.



Train and equip C-17 aircrews for global airland operations.


The 6th Airlift Squadron is the oldest airlift squadron in the Air Force, having served with distinction since 1 October 1933. The squadron made airlift history during World War II when, in October 1942, it was transferred to Port Moresby, New Guinea. Then flying C-47s, the 6th became the first personnel transport squadron to fly in the Pacific. It was during this assignment that the squadron earned the nickname Bully Beef Express, as it carried tons of boiled beef to allied combat troops in Australia and New Guinea. The French called it "boujili boef', and the Americanization of the term has continued to this day to be the squadron's emblem.

The 6th performed aerial transportation in the Pacific Theater and Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II and in the Far East during the Korean War and after until 1968.

It has performed worldwide airlift operations since April 1970. The 6th conducted resupply missions in support of scientific stations in the Antarctic during Operation Deep Freeze from, 1971 1974. It evacuated Vietnamese refugees during the fall of Saigon, April June 1975. It has also supported U.S. forces in Grenada, October December 1983, during the invasion of Panama, December 1989 January 1990, and during the liberation of Kuwait, August 1990 March 1991.


Previous designations

  • 6th Transport Squadron (1933 1942)
  • 6th Troop Carrier Squadron (1942 1948)
  • 6th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy (1948 1966)
  • 6th Military Airlift Squadron (1966 1991)
  • 6th Airlift Squadron (1991 present)


  • 10th Transport Group (1939 1940)
  • 60th Transport Group (1940 1941)
  • 61st Transport Group (1941 1942)
  • 315th Transport Group (1942)
  • 63d Troop Carrier Group (1942)
  • 374th Troop Carrier Group (1942 1946)
  • 403d Troop Carrier Group (1946)
  • 374th Troop Carrier Wing (1946 1958)
  • 1503d Air Transport Wing (1958 1964)
  • 1502d Air Transport Wing (1964 1966)
  • 61st Military Airlift Wing (1966 1968)
  • 438th Military Airlift Wing (1970 1994)
  • 305th Air Mobility Wing (1994 present)

Bases stationed

  • Olmsted Field, Pennsylvania, (1939 1942)
  • Camp Williams, Wisconsin, (1942)
  • Dodd Army Airfield, Texas (1942)
  • Wards Airfield (5 Mile Drome), Port Moresby, New Guinea (1942 1943)
  • RAAF Base Garbutt (Townsville), Australia (1943 1944)
  • Nadzab Airfield Complex, New Guinea (1944)
  • Mokmer Airfield, Biak, Netherlands East Indies (1944 1945)
  • Tacloban Airfield, Leyte, Philippines (1945 1946)
  • Nielson Field, Luzon, Philippines (1946)
  • Naha AB, Okinawa (1946 1947)
  • Tachikawa (later, Tachikawa AB), Japan (1947)
  • Harmon Field (later, AFB), Guam, Marianas Islands (1947 1949)
  • Tachikawa (later, Tachikawa AB), Japan (1949 1964)
  • Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii (1964 1968)
  • McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey (1970 present)

Aircraft operated

  • C-33 (1940 1942)
  • C-39 (1940 1942)
  • C-53 Skytrooper (1941 1942)
  • C-47 Skytrain (1942 1945)
  • C-46 Commando (1945 1947)
  • C-54 Skymaster (1946 1952)
  • C-124 Globemaster II (1952 1968)
  • C-141 Starlifter (1970 2004)
  • C-17 Globemaster III (2004-present)


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