C-130 Units

USAF Air Mobility Command


16 AS
Status:
Converted
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Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Flew C-130s from 1969 to 1993 before converting to the C-141 Starlifter. Was originally the 16th Tactical Airlift Training Squadron for many years till re-designated the 16th Airlift Squadron on December 1st, 1991.
 
17 TAS "Firebirds"
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130D
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Became the 517th Airlift Squadron. Originally formed under the Alaskan Air Command in 1964 with the C-130A as the 17th Troop Carrier Squadron. In July 1966 became the 17th Tactical Airlift Squadron and added the C-130Ds (ski-Hercs) and C-130D-6s. In the early 1970s, Master Sgt. Emmet Heidemann, a member of the 17th TAS Combat Control Team, was the first person to parachute from a C-130 onto a polar ice cap. During 1975, the squadron dropped the C-130As it had been flying for many years for the C-130E and also operated the HC-130. All C-130E's departed in 1986 to make room for C-130Hs. In the early 1990s the squadron was renumbered the 517th Airlift Squadron.
 
18 TCS
Status:
Converted
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Version: C-130A
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Received C-130A's from the 1962 Dyess AFB, Texas, In 1964 moved to Sewart AFB, Tennessee. In late 1965 moved to Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio before standing down to convert to the C-7 Caribou.
 
21 AS "Bee Liners"
Status:
Converted
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Version: C-130H
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Flew C-130s from 1958 to 1993 before converting to the C-5 Galaxy. Originally formed as the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron and re-designated: as the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron on August 1, 1967. Just before conversion to the C-5, was re-designated as 21st Airlift Squadron on April 1, 1992.
 
29 MAS
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Based at McGuire AFB, New Jersey as the 29th Air Transport Squadron and was re-designated the 29th Military Airlift Squadron on January 8, 1966. Disbanded on August 31, 1968.
 
29 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
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Version: C-130B
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Initially re-activated at Forbes AFB, Kansas with the C-130B on October 1, 1964 as the 29th Troop Carrier Squadron. Moved to Clark AB, Philippines in very early 1966. Re-designated as 29th Tactical Airlift Squadron on August 1,1967. Moved back to CONUS and called Langley AFB, Virginia home in April 1971 for a short period before being inactivated on November 15, 1971. (Note: not to be confused with the 29th MAS)
 
32 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130B
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Originally took over the personnel and equipment of the 48th TAS and activated at Little Rock AFB on September 1, 1973. Disbanded June 30, 1979.
 
35 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130A
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Operated out of Naha AB, Okinawa from January 8, 1963 to March 31, 1971. Originally named the 35th Troop Carrier Squadron it took over the 345th Troop Carrier Squadron. Redesignated the 35th Tactical Airlift Squadron on August 1st, 1967. In 1972 the squadron dropped the C-130 and airlift roll, disbanded and then the next year received the T-37 and re-designated the 35th Flying Training Squadron.
 
36 AS "Eagle Airlifters"
Status:
Active
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Version: C-130H
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
First received the C-130, the E model, in early 1966 at Langley AFB, Virginia and activated April 1, 1966. On July 1, 1975, completed a move to McChord AFB, Washington. Converted to C-141B Starlifter in 1989. Moved to current location in Yokota AB, Japan and returned to the C-130 again with the H model activating on October 1, 1993. During 2017 began conversion tot he C-130J.
 
37 AS "Blue Tail Flies"
Status:
Active
(Details)
Version: C-130J-30
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Activated with the C-130 during October 1966 at Langley AFB, Virginia. During 1975 moved to Pope AFB, North Carolina. Then moved to Rhein-Main AB, Germany in 1994-5. Finally moved to Ramstein AB, Germany. In 2009 began conversion from the C-130E to the C-130J-30.
 
38 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Activated as 38th Troop Carrier Squadron in January of 1967. Inactivated on August 31, 1975.
 
39 AS "Trailblazers"
Status:
Active
(Details)
Version: C-130J-30
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Based at Dyess AFB, Texas.
 
40 AS "Sceaming Eagles"
Status:
Active
(Details)
Version: C-130J-30
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Currently based at Dyess AFB, Texas but has moved several times. Original C-130A operations were at Evreux-Fauville AB, France starting December 6, 1957 at the 40th Troop Carrier Squadron. Moved to Lockbourne AFB, Ohio during June 1964. Re-designated the 40th Tactical Airlift Squadron on May 1, 1967. During August of 1971 the squadron moved to Pope AFB, North Carolina. Re-designated the 40th Airlift Squadron on January 1, 1992 and deactivated on July 16, 1993. On October 1, 1993 the squadron reactivated at Dyess AFB, Texas.
 
41 MAS "Always Ready"
Status:
Converted
(Details)
Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Based at Charleston AFB, South Carolina, the 41st Air Transport Squadron flew the C-130E. On January 8, 1966, the squadron was re-designated 41st Military Airlift Squadron. Converted to the C-141 Starlifter in 1967.
 
45 MAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
 
47 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Based at Dyess AFB, Texas under the 463rd TAW, and wore the tail code FB for a month from July 1973 till Inactivated on August 1st, 1973.
 
61 AS "Green Hornets"
Status:
Active
(Details)
Version: C-130J-30
Role: Airlift
Tailband: green
Converted from the C-119 to the C-130A in 1957. Converted to the C-130D after only a year. Then to the C-130B. During 1966 converted to the C-130E which it operated for many years till converting to the C-130J-30. Final C-130J was received June 20, 2016. Based at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas since 1970.
 
86 ATS
Status:
Converted
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Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Activated under the 1501st Air Transport Wing on January 8th, 1963. Flew C-130E from Travis AFB, California from April 1963 till January 8th 1966. Mostly flew long distance support flights to Converted to the C-141 in 1966 and wing renumbered 60th MAW.
 
310 AS
Status:
Dropped Aircraft Type
(Details)
Version: C-130E alongside C-130H
Role: All-Weather Reconnaissance / Anti Drug
Tailband: N/A
Became operational with the C-130 at Howard AFB, Panama for Pacer Coin on December 1, 1984. Pacer Coin was an all-weather reconnaissance and surveillance system that could be operated day and night. Pacer Coin was used to support special operations forces but for the 310th was a U.S. counter-drug mission. Note worthy was that C-130H #67-7183 was attacked by a Peruvian aircraft while on an authorized anti-drug flight on April 24, 1994. Re-designated the 310th Airlift Squadron on June 1, 1992. Ceased C-130 operations in 1996.
 
345 AS
Status:
Active
(Details)
Version: C-130J-30
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Based at Keesler AFB, Mississippi.
 
346 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Activated April 1, 1963 with the C-130E as the 346 Troop Carrier Squadron based at Dyess AFB, Texas. Re-designated the 346th Tactical Airlift Squadron on May 1, 1967. In March 1969 they moved to Taiwan where it eventually disbanded on May 31, 1971.
 
347 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Activated on July 1, 1963 as the 347th Troop Carrier Squadron at Dyess AFB, Texas . Re-designated the 347th Tactical Airlift Squadron on May 1, 1967. Deactivated on June 1, 1972 and aircraft were absorbed into the 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron.
 
348 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
 
517 AS "Firebirds"
Status:
Converted
(Details)
Version: C-130H
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Re-designation from the 17th Airlift Squadron to the 517th Airlift Squadron on April 1. 1992. Converted to the C-17 Globemaster III in 2007.
 
772 TAS "Red Fox"
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130H
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Initially flew the C-130B and wore the QF tail code till June 1, 1971 at Clark AB. Then based at Dyess AFB, Texas under the 463rd TAW with the DB tail code. Lastly flew the C-130H.
 
774 AS "Green Weasel"
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130H
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Originally received the C-130A during 1956 as the 774th Troop Carrier Squadron at Ardmore AFB, Oklahoma. Redesignated the 774th Tactical Airlift Squadron on August 1, 1967. Inactivated for a short period from June 15, 1971 till June 1, 1972 when the squadron had moved to Dyess AFB, Texas. Redesignated 774th Airlift Squadron on November 1, 1991. Disbanded on October 1, 1993. Reincarnated as a provisional unit, 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, on December 4, 2001 for operations in Afghanistan. No aircraft assigned.
 
776 TAS "Red Lion"
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Converted to the C-130E when the first aircraft arrived on October 11, 1963 at Pope AFB, North Carolina. Was one of the first C-130E operators alongside sister squadron 777th. Renamed from the 776th Troop Carrier Squadron to the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron in 1967. Saw much action around Vietnam with detachments on a TDY basis in several places during the 1960's. Several aircraft were lost during the conflict. Disbanded during October 1975.
 
777 TAS
Status:
Disbanded
(Details)
Version: C-130E
Role: Airlift
Tailband: N/A
Converted to the C-130E as the 777th Troop Carrier Squadron at Pope AFB, North Carolina with the first aircraft arrival on October 11, 1963. Redesignated the 777th Tactical Airlift Squadron on May 1, 1967. From 1968 to 1971 had the tail code 'PB.' Squadron disbanded on August 31, 1971 and essentially became the 39th Tactical Airlift Squadron. The squadron received a semi-rebirth as the 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, a provisional unit for deployed C-130s at Joint Base Balad, Iraq under the Air Mobility Command.