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349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB, California

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Date Posted:September 17th, 2007
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Description: You can see C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster III all over the airbase.

The 349th trained at various bases for troop carrier operations, participating in maneuvers and practicing paratroop drops, glider towing, and flying training, until moving to Europe in March 1945. In western Europe the group transported vehicles, gasoline, and supplies. At the end of the war the 349th evacuated patients and allied former prisoners of war.

It returned to America in July and August 1945. In 1946 the 349th trained Chinese crews to operate C-46 aircraft. Between June 1949 and April 1951, trained reservists in troop carrier operations.

During the Korean War, the wing was called to active service and then inactivated so that its personnel could be used as fillers in other wings.

Between June 1952 and September 1957 the wing trained for fighter-bomber operations, but returned to troop carrier training in September 1957. It was called to active service in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and in 1968 and 1969 during the Pueblo Crisis, the wing airlifted cargo to the Far East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Southwest Asia. In 1969 as an associate airlift wing, it began using the aircraft of active duty wings to fly strategic airlift missions in training, humanitarian, and contingency operations. In the 1980s and 1990s, the wing was the largest in the Air Force Reserve. It airlifted supplies to U.S. scientists in Antarctica on a regular basis and flew trans-Pacific channel strategic airlift missions and relief missions in support of natural disaster victims. It also took part in joint training exercises and contingency operations worldwide. In 1994 it acquired an air refueling mission and continued to fly airlift missions.


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