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302d Fighter Squadron
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302d Fighter Squadron Patch
Active 13 October 1942 – 6 March 1945
8 October 1956 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Tenth Air Force
477th Fighter Group
Garrison/HQ Elmendorf Air Force Base
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA

USAF F-16D block 32 #87-0381 assigned to the 944th FW taxis onto the runway at Luke AFB to commence another training mission. This F-16 was assigned to the United States Air Force Demonstration Team (Thunderbirds) between 1992 and 1999.

The 302d Fighter Squadron (302 FS) is part of the 477th Fighter Group at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. It operates the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor conducting an air superiority mission.


The 302d Fighter Squadron trains in the fighter missions of offensive counter-air (OCA), defensive counter-air (DCA) and suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), as well as strategic attack and interdiction.


The 302d was one of four African-American fighter squadrons to enter combat during World War II. It saw combat in the European Theater of Operations and Mediterranean Theater of Operations from 17 February 1944 – 20 February 1945.

The squadron trained in the Reserve for and performed search and rescue (SAR), in addition to some medical air evacuation missions, mainly in the southwestern United States, from 1956-1974.

In 1974, its mission changed to training for a combat SAR role, while continuing to perform some search and rescue. The squadron's mission changed again, in 1987, to a fighter role and trained for counterair, interdiction, and close air support missions. (The unit that had been the 302d was reflagged as the 71st Special Operations Squadron and physically relocated to Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. Concurrently, a new AFRES fighter squadron was raised at Luke AFB and took over the 302d lineage.) It deployed several times since late 1992 to Turkey to help enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq and to Italy to support UN air operations in the Balkans.[1]



  • 302d Fighter Squadron (1942–1944)
  • 302d Fighter Squadron, Single Engine (1944–1956)
  • 302d Air Rescue Squadron (1956–1966)
  • 302d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (1966–1974)
  • 302d Special Operations Squadron (1974–1987)
  • 302d Tactical Fighter Squadron (1987–1992)
  • 302d Fighter Squadron (1992 – present)


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