11th Bombardment Wing
11th Refueling Wing
"Progress Without Fear or Prejudice"
AFB, Altus AFB, Bolling
Aircraft: B-36, B-52, KC-97, KC-135
Status: Now the 11th Wing
Squadrons: 26 BS, 42 BS, 98 BS,
On December 1, 1948, the 11th bomb group was
activated at Carswell AFB and assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing. Carswell
shared flight line facilities with the Convair Aircraft Company.
was the first bomb wing to receive the B-36. It's personnel began training
the new 11th group people in the new aircraft and the 11th soon began
receiving them. On
February 16, 1951, the 11th
became an independent wing, obtaining it's resources from the group,
which was inactivated in June 1952. It was deployed at Nouasseur AB, French Morocco,
4 - July
2, 1955. (This date is from Air Force Combat Wing History by USAF.
Retired CMSgt Ron Foster was
involved in this deployment and he wrote that it was in 1956.) Won the SAC Bombing Competition and the Fairchild Trophy in
1954, 1956 and 1960.
The Jet Age
7-11 must have been considered a lucky combination, because the two
wings continued to share Carswell Air Force base until December 13, 1957, when the 11th
moved to Altus AFB, Oklahoma and began receiving B-52Es.
Won the SAC Bombing Competition and the Fairchild Trophy in
1954, 1956 and 1960.
Gained the 577th Strategic Missile Squadron on June
1, 1961 and one On April 1, 1962, when it's new Atlas missiles became fully
operational, the wing was redesigned the 11th Strategic Aerospace Wing, the
new designation carried by all SAC wings that had both bombers and
missiles. It phased out the Atlas missiles in January, 1965.
Added air refueling to its mission in Dec 1957.
Air Refueling Squadrons flew KC–97s during 1957 and 1958. They were
soon replaced by KC-135 jet tankers. The 921st Air Refueling Squadron was
assigned to the wing from October 1 to December 1960. The central
location of Altus AFB led to the expansion of the wing's refueling
capability. On June 25, 1965, the 11h Air Refueling Squadron was
assigned to the wing. In 1968, the wing began phasing out it's
B-52s. This was completed by mid year. On July 2, 1968, the wing
was redesignated the 11th Air Refueling Wing.
The 11th Air Refueling Wing was short lived. It was
inactivated on March 25, 1969 and the numeric designation remained dormant for
the next nine years. Then
on November 15, 1978, it was reactivated, not as a wing, but as the 11th Strategic Group
at RAF Fairford, England. It was not manned until the following
February, but did not start receiving aircraft until September 1978. It
soon began aerial refueling
support for all USAF operations, deployments and redeployments, as well as
participating in NATO exercises.
Operations staff and maintenance personnel were
permanently assigned, but aircraft, aircrews and crew chiefs were assigned on a temporary duty
basis to the 11th Strategic Group for the European Tanker Task Force on a rotational
basis. Aircraft and Crews operated out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Keflavik, Iceland;
Lajes Field, Azores; Sigonella NAS, Italy; and Hellenikon, Greece. The
unit retained the 11th Strategic Group
designation, but was inactivated on 7 Aug 1990.
The 11th was pulled out of retirement a second
time on June 2, 1994, when it was redesignated the 11th Support Wing. It
was activated on July 15, 1994 at Bolling AFB, Washington, DC. It
was redesignated the 11th
Wing on March 1, 1995.
11 BG: Assigned Feb 16, 1951-June 16, 1952 (Not operational)
Both bombardment squadrons initially
operated out of Clinton-Sherman AFB while
construction work was being completed at
26 BS: Attached Feb 16, 1951 - June 15, 1952. Assigned June 16,
1952 - July 2, 1968.
Flew B-52E from January 1958
until inactivated June 2, 1968
42 BS: Attached Feb.16, 1951 - June 15, 1952. Assigned June 16,
1952 - June 1, 1960
Flew B-52E from June 1958 until
June 1, 1960, when reassigned to the 4043rd Strategic
at Wright-Patterson AFB,
577 SM: Assigned June 1, 1961-March 25, 1965
11AR: Assigned June 25 - March 25, 1969
96 AR: Assigned Dec 3, 1957 - Oct 1, 1960; Dec. 15, 1960 - June
98 BS: Attached Feb 16, 1951 - June 15, 1952. Assigned June 16,
1952 - Dec. 10, 1957
918 AR: Assigned Oct 1 - Dec. 15, 1960
921 AR Assigned Oct 1 - Dec. 15, 1960