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KB-29M

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First picture of the 307th Air Refueling Squadron
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Picture taken upon activation of the 307th ARS at K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI

307th Air Refueling Squadron

The 307th Air Refueling Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 410th Bombardment Wing, stationed at K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan. It was inactivated on 1 August 1990.

The 307th ARS was first activated in June 1950 and attached to the 307th Bombardment Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. The unit, however, was located at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona for flying. The 307th gained its crews and equipment from the deactivated 2d Air Refueling Squadron (which later started up again at Hunter AFB, Georgia). 307th crews flew the KB-29M Superfortress, a British grapling hose-type refueling aircraft. On 1 Aug 1951, the people and equipment deactivated and stayed at Davis-Monthan to form the 9th Air Refueling Squadron.

In August 1951, upon relocating to Walker Air Force Base, New Mexico, the 307th refueled other aircraft by using the KB-29P Superfortress, a boom type refueling system developed by Boeing. It was at Walker that the squadron performed the first U.S. Air Force over-water fighter refueling mission. Many people assigned to the squadron during this time participated in the Project Ivy, atomic tests in the Pacific.

After relocating to Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, the unit performed refueling missions for the 27th Fighter-Escort Wing F-84 Thunderjet aircraft within the 42d Air Division. However, when everyone but one officer and one airman were reassigned, the squadron was deactivated on November 18, 1953.

Just six months later, the unit was reactivated and flew out of Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, with KC-97 Stratotanker aircraft. Another six months later, after being a tenant unit, the squadron was happy to move to Lincoln Air Force Base, Nebraska, and rejoin the 307th Bombardment Wing. From 1955 to 1960 the 307th deployed to numerous bases outside the United States, providing tanker support for Strategic Air Command forces.

In June 1960 the unit moved once again to Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan. After performing refueling commitments on a global scale for ten years, the squadron was deactivated on June 25, 1966. On September 30, 1985, the 307th was reactivated at a formal ceremony at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan. The squadron, assigned to the 410th Bombardment Wing at Sawyer, was flying for the first time the KC-135A Stratotanker. The unit deactivated August 1, 1990.

  • Constituted as 307th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium and activated on 16 June 1950

Inactivated on 18 Nov 1953

  • Reactivated on 8 Nov 1954

Discontinued and inactivated 25 Jun 1966

  • Reactivated as 307th Air Refueling Squadron on 30 Sep 1985

Inactivated on 1 Aug 1990

Attached to 6th Bombardment Wing, 1 Aug 1951 – 15 Jun 1952

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