||456th Troop Carrier Wing
No known motto
|Based at: Beale
Aircraft: B-52, KC-135, Titan I
Status: Inactivated Sept. 30, 1975. Replaced by the 17th
Squadrons: 744 BS, 851 SMS, 9 ARS, 903 ARS
|Troop Carrier Roots.
Established as the 456th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium,
on October 15, 1952. Activated on December 1, 1952 at Miami
International Airport, Florida, where it replaced the 435th Troop
Carrier Wing. Flew C-119 "Flying Boxcar."
Transferred to Charleston AFB, SC July 25, 1953, to Shiroi AB Japan,
Nov. 10, 1955 and Ardmore AFB, Oklahoma May 25, 1956. It
participated n numerous tactical exercise in the United States and
overseas, mostly in conjunction with Army airborne forces.
Inactivated July 9, 1956
Redesignated the 456th Strategic Aerospace
Wing, and activated November 15, 1962. Organized February 1, 1963
at Beale AFB, California, replacing the 4126th Strategic
assumed a mission of strategic bombardment training and air
refueling. The 456th bombardment and tanker squadrons were
frequently deployed aircraft and crews to meet USAF requirements, often
having nearly all of their resources scattered around the world at
various operating locations.
The 456th controlled the 851st Strategic
Missile Squadron and it's Titan I missiles from February 1, 1963 until
they were phased out March 25, 1965. It was redesignated the 456th
Bombardment Wing on
July 1, 1975.
Inactivated Sept. 30, 1975. Replaced by the
17th Bombardment Wing
744 BS: Assigned Feb. 1, 1963 - Sept 30 1975 Upon activation,
acquired the B-52Gs previously flown
by the 31 BS, 4126th Strategic
Wing. and flew them until the wing was inactivated. The
and personnel were transferred to
the 17th Bombardment Wing
851 SM: Assigned Feb. 1, 1963 - March 25, 1965
9 AR Assigned Jan 1, 1970 - Sept. 30, 1975
903 AR: Assigned Feb. 1, 1963 - Sept. 30, 1975