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50th Military Airlift Squadron

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Active  1942-1944; 1952-1969
Role  Airlift
Country  United States
50th Military Airlift Squadron
Branch  United States Air Force
Part of  Military Airlift Command
Motto(s)  Transportatio Certe in Caelo Latin Sure Transportation in the Skies

The 50th Military Airlift 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.


Replaced the 1266th Air Transport Squadron, which had been 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 Boeing C-97 Stratofreighters and intercontinental Douglas C-124 Globemaster IIs in the 1950s and was part of the Military Air Transport Service worldwide network of transport units. It flew routes between India and the West Coast of the United States, Alaska and Japan.

It was reassigned to the 61st Military Airlift Wing in 1966 when its parent 1502d Air Transport Wing was inactivated.


  • Constituted as the 50th Ferrying Squadron (Special)
  • Activated c. 1 August 1942
  • Redesignated 50th Transition Training Squadron on 4 June 1943
  • Disbanded on 31 March 1944
  • Reconstituted on 20 June 1952 as the 50th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy
  • Activated on 20 July 1952 Redesignated 50th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 January 1966 Inactivated on 22 December 1969


  • 1st Operational Training Unit, c. 1 August 1942 – 31 March 1944
  • 1500th Air Transport Group (later 1502d Air Transport Group), 20 July 1952
  • 1502d Air Transport Wing, 1 May 1958
  • 61st Military Airlift Wing 8 January 1966 – 22 December 1969 (not operational after 1 December 1969)
  • Stations

  • Rosecrans Field, Missouri, c. 1 August 1942 – 31 March 1944
  • Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, 20 July 1952 - 22 December 1969
  • Aircraft

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

    50th Military Airlift Squadron Wikipedia

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