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498th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

'Geiger Tigers'

Geiger Field, Spokane / McChord AFB, Tacoma / Paine Field, WA
25 Air Division (AD)
56-0456 (A) 24 Apr 65 - 14 Jun 65
56-0457 (A) 09 May 63 - 20 May 66
57-0234 (A) 24 Apr 63 - 20 May 66
57-0243 (A) 06 May 63 - 02 May 66
57-2453 (A) 29 May 59 - 02 Dec 59
                    19 Jul 61 - 06 May 63
57-2461 (A) 01 Jun 59 - 06 May 63
57-2462 (A) 29 May 59 - 13 Oct 60
                   07 Feb 61 - 21 Dec 61
57-2463 (A) 03 Jun 59 - 29 Apr 63
57-2464 (A) 01 Jun 59 - 01 May 63
57-2467 (A) 01 Jun 59 - 28 Sep 59
57-2478 (A) 24 Jun 59 - 10 Dec 63
57-2479 (A) 24 Jun 59 - 04 Feb 63
57-2480 (A) 15 Jun 59 - 24 Apr 63
57-2481 (A) 01 Jul 59 - 13 May 63
57-2482 (A) 01 Jul 59 - 24 Apr 63
57-2483 (A) 27 Jul 59 - 01 May 63
57-2484 (A) 24 Jul 59 - 14 Sep 61
57-2485 (A) 31 Jul 59 - 21 May 63
57-2486 (A) 24 Jul 59 - 01 May 63
57-2487 (A) 31 Jul 59 - 06 May 63
57-2488 (A) 12 Sep 59 - 10 Mar 61
57-2489 (A) 31 Jul 59 - 19 Mar 63
57-2490 (A) 08 Nov 61 - 09 May 63
57-2491 (A) 20 Dec 61 - 23 Apr 63
57-2492 (A) 16 Feb 63 - 29 Apr 63
57-2509 (B) 15 May 63 - 09 Jul 63
                   13 Aug 63 - 30 Sep 68
57-2516 (B) 01 Jun 60 - 04 Jun 60
57-2517 (B) 03 Jun 59 - 20 May 60
57-2518 (B) 28 Aug 59 - 15 May 63
57-2519 (B) 01 Jul 59 - 29 Apr 60
                  21 Apr 62 - 01 Sep 62
57-2520 (B) 16 Jul 59 - 08 May 63
57-2521 (B) 14 Jul 59 - 13 May 63
57-2526 (B) 18 Aug 60 - 24 Apr 63
59-0004 (A) 31 May 67 - 30 Sep 68
59-0009 (A) 10 Mar 63 - 16 Jul 66
                   01 Jul 67 - 30 Sep 68
59-0020 (A) 27 May 67 - 30 Sep 68
59-0022 (A) 29 Apr 63 - 20 May 66
59-0024 (A) 29 May 67 - 07 Nov 67
59-0049 (A) 14 Jun 66 - 30 Sep 68
59-0052 (A) 20 May 66 - 30 Sep 68
59-0053 (A) 20 May 66 - 30 Sep 68
59-0056 (A) 20 May 66 - 30 Sep 68
59-0060 (A) 20 May 66 - 30 Sep 68
59-0062 (A) 20 May 66 - 30 Sep 68
59-0063 (A) 20 May 66 - 30 Sep 68
59-0066 (A) 20 May 66 - 30 Sep 68
59-0103 (A) 19 May 67 - 30 Sep 68
59-0115 (A) 31 May 67 - 30 Sep 68
59-0117 (A) 01 May 63 - 03 Sep 63
59-0125 (A) 08 May 63 - 30 Sep 68

The 498th FIS was activated in August 1955 at Geiger Field with F-86D aircraft. In February 1957 it transitioned into F-102As and in May 1959 into F-l06As. It was ADC's first operational F-106A squadron. In July 1963 the squadron moved to McChord AFB followed by moves to Paine Field in June 1966 and Hamilton AFB in September 1968 where it was deactivated on 30 September 1968.

The 498th FIS at three locations: Geiger Field WA 29 May 1959 - 01 July 63. (Geiger Field was renamed Spokane IAP on 05 May 60), McChord AFB WA (dual squadron with 318th FIS) 01 July 63 - 14 Jun 66 after a swap-out of F-106s with the 456th FIS from Castle AFB CA and Paine Field WA 14 Jun 66 - 30 Sep 68

On 30 Sep 68 the 498th was deactivated and redesignated the 84th FIS at Hamilton AFB CA. F-106s were assigned to the 498th FIS. The 498th FIS operated from three locations during its F-106 history. First was from Geiger Field WA from 29 May 1959 to 01 July 63. (Geiger Field was renamed Spokane IAP on 05 May 60). Second was from McChord AFB WA (dual squadron with 318th FIS) from 01 July 63 to 14 Jun 66 after a swap-out of F-106s with the 456th FIS from Castle AFB CA. Third was from Paine Field WA from 14 Jun 66 to 30 Sep 68. On 30 Sep 68, the 498th was discontinued and redesignated the 84th FIS at Hamilton AFB CA. The total assigned F-106s with the 498th FIS at these three locations was 66 aircaft with 8 losses.

About the Tail Flash
29 Nov 2013 by one of the F-106 Forum Members, who's dad, Denney Narog, flew with the 498th when they were co-located at McChord with the 318th in the 1964-1965 time frame.   He took many photos of the ramp at McChord where both squadrons are captured, as well as some in flight photos around Mt. Rainier.   Included in his collection are his last formation flight where he is in the slot position.

So, with all the photo evidence I have, the 498th had no tail flashes while at McChord. The 318th had their early polar star flash - the one that is similar to their final design - but much slimmer.  He asked his dad why they (498th) had no tail flashes but he didn't recall the reason. Before the 498th moved to McChord from Geiger field in Spokane, they had a large Geiger Tiger on the tail.

After the 498th moved from McChord to Paine Field, they did get new tail art which consisted of a red, white and blue lightening bolt flash with a small Geiger Tiger above on the left side. You might recall this configuration is what they 84th had. That's because the 84th used the same flash but replaced the Geiger Tiger with their black panther when the 498th was inactivated and their planes turned over to the 84th.




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