71st Fighter Interceptor Squadron

'The Ironmen'

Selfridge AFB, MI / Malmstrom AFB, MT / Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO
24th Air Divisions (AD)
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The Cornfield Bomber 58-0787

56-0461 (A) 25 Mar 65 - 15 Dec 68
56-0463 (A) 26 Mar 65 - 28 Apr 69
56-0465 (A) 09 Dec 68 - 28 Apr 69
57-0235 (A) 28 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
57-2465 (A) 19 Aug 62 - 28 Apr 69
57-2523 (B) 20 Sep 61 - 28 Dec 68
57-2532 (B) 17 Oct 60 - 01 Aug 62
57-2533 (B) 17 Oct 60 - 02 Dec 66
                   26 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
57-2535 (B) 28 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0759 (A) 05 Jan 61 - 11 Apr 67
58-0760 (A) 03 Feb 61 - 28 Apr 69
58-0761 (A) 19 Dec 60 - 09 Jan 63
58-0763 (A) 01 Feb 61 - 09 Jan 63
58-0764 (A) 28 Nov 60 - 03 Oct 68
58-0765 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 19 Dec 68
58-0766 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 28 Apr 69
58-0767 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 28 Apr 69
58-0768 (A) 21 Dec 60 - 28 Apr 69
58-0769 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 10 Mar 66
58-0770 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 09 Jan 61
58-0771 (A) 18 Dec 60 - 08 Jan 62
58-0772 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 28 Apr 69
58-0773 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 28 Apr 69
58-0774 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 28 Apr 69
58-0775 (A) 09 Dec 60 - 15 Dec 68
58-0776 (A) 17 Oct 60 - 11 Feb 68
                    22 Oct 68 - 14 Jan 69
58-0777 (A) 26 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0779 (A) 29 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0780 (A) 29 May 69 - 07 Jun 71
58-0781 (A) 29 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0782 (A) 27 Jun 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0783 (A) 11 May 67 - 28 Apr 71
58-0784 (A) 29 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0786 (A) 26 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0787 (A) 26 May 69 - 02 Feb 70
58-0788 (A) 27 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0790 (A) 29 May 69 - 07 Jun 71
58-0791 (A) 29 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0792 (A) 21 Sep 68 - 05 Dec 68
58-0793 (A) 16 Dec 68 - 28 Apr 69
58-0797 (A) 29 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
59-0007 (A) 26 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
58-0008 (A) 09 Mar 63 - 01 Feb 65
                     29 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
59-0011 (A) 29 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
59-0016 (A) 25 Jul 67 - 28 Apr 69
59-0025 (A) 12 Feb 63 - 28 Apr 69
59-0027 (A) 12 Feb 63 - 28 Apr 69
59-0069 (A) 12 Apr 67 - 19 Apr 67
59-0109 (A) 08 May 67 - 28 Apr 69
59-0112 (A) 12 Nov 68 - 28 Apr 69
59-0128 (A) 07 Oct 68 - 20 Dec 68
59-0133 (A) 21 Sep 68 - 20 Dec 68
59-0136 (A) 12 Nov 68 - 19 Dec 68
                      26 May 69 - 01 Jul 71
59-0137 (A) 21 Sep 68 - 22 Dec 68
59-0146 (A) 14 Jul 70  -  01 Jul 71
59-0153 (B) 10 Aug 67 - 28 Apr 69
59-0161 (B) 08 May 67 - 31 Aug 67

The 71st FIS was in three locations of Selfridge AFB MI (17 Oct 60 - 15 Jan 67), Richards-Gebaur AFB MO (15 Jan 67 - 01 Jul 68) and Malmstrom AFB MT (01 Jul 68 - 01 Jul 71). The 71st FIS was transferred from SAC to ADC with F-80 aircraft at March AFB in December 1948. In May 1949 it went back to SAC for a year until its transfer to ADC again in April 1950 with F-86As. The squadron made three quick moves to George AFB, Griffiss AFB, and, finally to Greater Pittsburgh Airport in October 1950.  In 1958 the unit received F-86D aircraft, and in August 1955 the 71st designation was transferred to Selfridge AFB. In the spring of 1957 the F-86Ds were traded for F-86Ls but, shortly thereafter, in the fall of 1958, the squadron transitioned into F-102A.  Two years later in October 1960 a transition into F-106As took place.  In January 1967 the unit moved to Richards-Gebaur AFB, but soon moved again in June 1968 to Malmstrom AFB.  It remained at Malmstrom with F-106s until deactivation on 1 July 1971 when the 71st was redesignated as the 319th FIS and was transferred to TAC (Tactical Air Command).

F-106s were assigned to the 71st FIS at three locations. (1) Selfridge AFB MI from 17 Oct 60 to 15 Jan 67 (2) Richards-Gebaur AFB MO from 15 Jan 67 to 01 Jul 68 (3) Malmstrom AFB MT from 01 Jul 68 to 01 Jul 71. On 01 Jul 71, the 71st FIS was redesignated the 319th FIS and remained at Malmstrom AFB until inactivation on 30 Apr 72. A total of 57 aircraft were assigned with 6 losses.

Osan AB, Republic of Korea, Dec 1968 - 9 Jun 1969
With growing tensions surrounding the USS Pueblo crisis from 23 Jan 1968 the 71st FIS deployed to Osan AB, South Korea in D ec 1968 through 9 Jun 1969 to assist the 48 FIS in pulling Alert duty at Osan AB.  This was part of an on-going swap of F-106's as part of the Korean buildup stemming from t hat USS Pueblo incident.