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50th Air Transport Squadron
50th Air Transport Squadron - MATS - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 50th Air Transport Squadron
Active 1949-1966
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift

Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter 47-399 in flight

Douglas C-124C Globemaster II on the flightline

The 50th Air Transport Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was to the 1502d Air Transport Wing, Military Air Transport Service, stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. It was inactivated on 8 January 1966.

History[edit | edit source]

Established in 1949 as a medium transport squadron flying C-54 Skymasters, it transported supplies and personnel in the Pacific between Hawaii and the Philippines and bases in-between. It received long distance C-97 Stratofreighters and intercontinental C-124 Globemasters in the 1950s and was part of MATS worldwide network of transport units. It flew routes between India and the West Coast of the United States, Alaska and Japan.

It was inactivated in 1966 when its parent 1502d ATW was inactivated.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Established as the 1266th Air Transport Squadron on 1 Jun 1949
Activated on 30 Jun 1949
Redesignated the 50th Air Transport Squadron on 20 Jul 1952
Inactivated on 8 Jan 1966

Assignments[edit | edit source]

  • 1500th Air Transport Wing, 1 Jun 1949
Redesignated the 1502d Air Transport Wing, 1 Jul 1955-8 Jan 1966

Stations[edit | edit source]

Aircraft[edit | edit source]

  • C-54 Skymaster, 1949-1952
  • C-97 Stratofreighter, 1952-1955
  • C-124 Globemaster II, 1955-1966

References[edit | edit source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Mueller, Robert, Air Force Bases Volume I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982, Office of Air Force History, 1989

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