The United States Air Force's 137th Air Refueling Wing (137 ARW) is an Oklahoma Air National Guard wing operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command. Previously an airlift wing with C-130 Hercules aircraft, the wing was located at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Station at Will Rogers World Airport, Oklahoma until 2007-2008 when it was relocated to Tinker Air Force Base due to BRAC action. The wing currently flies the KC-135 Stratotanker.
The wing is associated with the Air Force Reserve Command's (AFRC) 507th Air Refueling Wing (507 ARW). Under this Air Force Reserve Command - Air National Guard Guard associate organization, the 507 ARW is the host wing with all 12 KC-135 aircraft owned by AFRC. The Oklahoma Air National Guard maintains separate administrative and operational control, but is associated with the 507 ARW, working together to fly and maintain all aircraft. For deployable tasking, both the 507 ARW and 137 AW will function with six primary aircraft assigned.
The wing traces its origins to the World War II 404th Fighter Group, which was allocated to the Oklahoma Air National Guard and redesignated as the 137th Fighter Group on 24 May 1946. The unit was founded on 21 November 1946 at Norman, Oklahoma as the 137th Fighter Group, and received its Federal recognition on 18 December 1947.
The 137th Fighter Wing was originally equipped with the P-51 Mustang. Afterwards, a variety of aircraft have been assigned to the Wing, including the F-80 Shooting Star, the F-86 Sabre Jet, the C-97 Stratocruiser, the C-124 Globemaster, and the C-130 Hercules which the wing flew between 1974 and 2007.
In 2007 the unit became the 137th Air Refueling Wing as a result of the 2005 BRAC Recommendations which realigned Will Rogers AGS and relocating the 137th Airlift Wing (ANG) to Tinker AFB and associated it with the 507th Air Refueling Wing.
The unit has been assigned to the Continental Air Command, Air Defense Command, Air Combat Command, and the Air Mobility Command. The Wing owns one of the most outstanding flying safety records in the Air Force, having flown over 576,000 accident free flying hours.
- 137th Air Refueling Wing (since 2008)
- 137th Airlift Wing (1992 2007)
- 137th Tactical Airlift Wing (1972 1992)
- 137th Air Transport Wing (1960 1972)
- 185th Air Refueling Squadron (since 2008)
- 185th Airlift Squadron (??? 2007)
- 125th Air Transport Squadron (1960 1972)
137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
- University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport, 1946 1949
Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma 1949 October 1950
- Alexandria Mun Aprt, Louisiana, 27 November 1950 4 May 1952*
- Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base, France, 13 May 10 July 1952*
Will Rogers World Airport, 1952 2007
- Tinker Air Force Base, since 2008
* Federalized active service during Korean War
- KC-135 Stratotanker (since 2008)
- C-130 Hercules (1974 2007)
C-124 Globemaster (??? 1974)
C-97 Stratocruiser (??? ???)
- C-97E Stratocruiser (1961 1963) Miss Oklahoma City used as an airborne command post to maintain constant secure communications between the nation's capital and President John F. Kennedy during his visits to foreign countries
- F-86 Sabrejet (??? ???)
- F-80 Shooting Star (??? ???)
- P-51 Mustang (??? ???)
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
↑ rogers, B. (2006). united states air force unit designations since 1978. ISBN 1-85780-197-0
↑ world airpower Journal. (1992). US air force air power Directory. aerospace publishing: london, UK. ISBN 1-880588-01-3
↑ Air Force Personnel Center Awards Search (Post-1991)