This entry was posted on May 6, 2013 by jetpilotoverseas. It was filed under 1960's, Convair, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-86, My Flight Gear Collection, North American, Squadron Souvenir, USAF .
431st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
Although SAC went out of the fighter business in 1957 for all intents and purposes, in 1958 it found itself assigned fighters again. The 431st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron moved from Wheelus Air Base, Libya, arriving at Zaragoza in September with North American F-86Ds and an Air Defense mission.
On 28 September 1960 the 431st transitioned to the Convair F-102A/TF-102B Delta Dagger and was transferred to the USAFE 86th Air Division (Defense) at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany on 1 July 1960. This transfer was made in order that all USAF fighter assets in Europe could be concentrated in one command. The 431st FIS operated the F-102s until 23 April 1965 when it transferred to the 8th TFW at George Air Force Base, California, transitioned to the F-4C and was reflagged as the 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron.
May 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm
Seems like yesterday we moved from Wheeles to Zaragoza. As I recall it just about now (May 1958).
May 27, 2016 at 11:08 pm
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