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8th Airlift Squadron

The 8th Airlift Squadron (8 AS) is part of the 62d Airlift Wing as McChord Air Force Base, Washington. It operates C-17 Globemaster III aircraft supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission world wide.

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Mission

Train and equip C-17 aircrews for global air-land and airdrop operations.

History

The history of the 8th includes airborne assaults on Sicily and Southern France, support of partisans in Northern Italy and the Balkans, and transportation of personnel and supplies in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, during World War II. It provided airlift from the United States to Japan during the Korean War. The 8th also airdropped equipment and personnel during the invasion of Panama on 20 December 1989.

Operations

Previous designations

  • 8th Transport Squadron (1933 1942)
  • 8th Troop Carrier Squadron (1942 1948)
  • 8th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1948 1949)
  • 8th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy (1949 1965)
  • 8th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy (1965 1966)
  • 8th Military Airlift Squadron (1966 1991)
  • 8th Airlift Squadron (1991 Present)

Assignments

  • 10th Transport Group (1940)
  • 62d Troop Carrier Group (1940 1945, 1946 1947)
  • 62d Airlift Wing (1947 Present)

Bases stationed

  • Brooks Field, Texas (1940)
  • Duncan Field, Texas (1940 1941)
  • Hill Field, Utah (1941 1942)
  • Kellogg Field, Michigan (1942)
  • Florence, South Carolina (1942)
  • RAF Keevil, England (1942)
  • Algeria (1942 1943)
  • Tunisia (1943)
  • Ponte Olivo, Sicily (1943 1944)
  • Italy (1944 1946)
  • Bergstrom Field, Texas (1946 1947)
  • McChord Air Force Base, Washington (1947 1950)
  • Kelly Air Force Base, Texas (1950)
  • McChord Air Force Base, Washington (1950 1952)
  • Larson Air Force Base, Washington (1952 1960)
  • McChord Air Force Base, Washington (1960 Present)

Aircraft operated

  • C-39 (1940 1942)
  • C-47 Skytrain (1942 1945)
  • C-46 Commando (1946 1947)
  • C-82 Packet (1947 1949)
  • C-54 Skymaster (1949 1951)
  • C-124 Globemaster II (1951 1969)
  • C-141 Starlifter (1966 2002)
  • C-17 Globemaster III (1999 Present)

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