9th Airlift Squadron
|9th Airlift Squadron
An 9th Airlift Squadron C-5B is marshalled out of its parking spot for a mission 8 March 2012[note 1]
|Active||1940–1946; 1949–1951; 1953–1963; 1965–1968; 1971–present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Mobility Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Dover Air Force Base, Delaware|
|Nickname(s)||Proud Pelicans|
American Theater of Operations|
Pacific Theater of Operations
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award|
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
|Lieutenant Colonel Charles Throckmorton|
|9th Airlift Squadron emblem[note 2]|
|9th Troop Carrier Squadron emblem (approved 10 February 1943)|
The 9th Airlift Squadron is a unit of the United States Air Force based at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware and flying the C-5M Super Galaxy.
World War II
Reserves and Korean mobilization
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It has provided worldwide airlift since 1953. The 9th resupplied scientific camps in Antarctica from 1959–1961, and 1965–1968. It also flew missions to Southeast Asia from 1965–1968, and 1972–1973 and participated in the evacuation of refugees from Southeast Asia in April 1975. The squadron supported operations in Grenada, 24 October 1983 – 11 December 1983; Panama, 19 December 1989 – 14 January 1990; and Southwest Asia, August 1990–July 1991.
- Constituted as the 9th Transport Squadron on 1 January 1938
- Activated on 1 December 1940
- Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942
- Inactivated on 15 October 1946
- Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 10 May 1949
- Activated in the reserve on 27 June 1949
- Ordered to active service on 1 May 1951
- Inactivated on 9 May 1951
- Redesignated 9th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy on 19 March 1953
- Activated on 20 June 1953
- Discontinued and inactivated on 18 January 1963
- Activated on 13 November 1964 (not organized)
- Organized on 1 January 1965
- Redesignated 9th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 January 1966
- Discontinued and inactivated on 8 September 1968
- Activated on 1 April 1971
- Redesignated 9th Airlift Squadron on 1 December 1991
- Douglas C-33 (1940–1941)
- Douglas C-34 (1940–1941)
- Douglas C-39 (1940–1941)
- Douglas C-47 Skytrain (1942–1946, 1949–1951)
- Douglas C-50 (1942)
- Douglas C-53 Skytrooper (1942–1943)
- Curtiss C-46 Commando (1945–1946)
- Douglas C-54 Skymaster (1946)
- Douglas C-124 Globemaster II (1953–1963, 1965-1966)
- Lockheed C-141 Starlifter (1966–1968)
- Lockheed C-5A Galaxy (1971–unknown)
- Lockheed C-5B Galaxy (unknown–2012)
- Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (2009–present)
- Operation Neptune
- Operation Deep Freeze
- Operation Urgent Fury
- Operation Just Cause
- Operation Desert Storm
- Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Explanatory notes
- Aircraft is Lockheed C-5B, serial 86-20 This was the last active-duty C-5B mission flown at Dover AFB.
- The emblem was modified between 1963 and 1995 to bring all elements within the disc and comply with Air Force regulations. Compare image and desctiption in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p.54 with those in Endicott, pp. 402-403.
- No byline (January 9, 2008). "Factsheet 9 Airlift Squadron". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
- Endicott, Judy G. (1998). Active Air Force Wings as of 1 October 1995 and USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995 (PDF). Air Force History and Museums Program. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ASIN B000113MB2. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) . Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) . Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. Retrieved December 17, 2016.