71st Fighter Interceptor Squadron

71 FIS 'The Ironmen'


F-106A    Assignment Dates
56-0461   25 Mar 65-15 Dec 68
56-0463   26 Mar 65-28 Apr 69
56-0465   09 Dec 68-28 Apr 69
57-0235   28 May 69-01 Jul 71
57-2465   19 Aug 62-28 Apr 69
58-0759   05 Jan 61-11 Apr 67
58-0760   03 Feb 61-28 Apr 69
58-0761   19 Dec 60-09 Jan 63
58-0763   01 Feb 61-09 Jan 63
58-0764   28 Nov 60-03 Oct 68
58-0765   17 Oct 60-19 Dec 68
58-0766   17 Oct 60-28 Apr 69
58-0767   17 Oct 60-28 Apr 69
58-0768   21 Dec 60-28 Apr 69
58-0769   17 Oct 60-10 Mar 66
58-0770   17 Oct 60-09 Jan 61
58-0771   18 Dec 60-08 Jan 62
58-0772   17 Oct 60-28 Apr 69
58-0773   17 Oct 60-28 Apr 69
58-0774   17 Oct 60-28 Apr 69
58-0775   09 Dec 60-15 Dec 68
58-0776   17 Oct 60-11 Feb 68
          22 Oct 68-14 Jan 69
58-0777   26 May 69-01 Jul 71
58-0779   29 May 69-01 Jul 71
58-0780   29 May 69-07 Jun 71
58-0781   29 May 69-01 Jul 71
58-0782   27 Jun 69-01 Jul 71
58-0783   11 May 67-28 Apr 71
58-0784   29 May 69-01 Jul 71
58-0786   26 May 69-01 Jul 71
58-0787   26 May 69-02 Feb 70
58-0788   27 May 69-01 Jul 71
58-0790   29 May 69-07 Jun 71
58-0791   29 May 69-01 Jul 71
58-0792   21 Sep 68-05 Dec 68
58-0793   16 Dec 68-28 Apr 69
58-0797   29 May 69-01 Jul 71
59-0007   26 May 69-01 Jul 71
58-0008   09 Mar 63-01 Feb 65
          29 May 69-01 Jul 71
59-0011   29 May 69-01 Jul 71
59-0016   25 Jul 67-28 Apr 69
59-0025   12 Feb 63-28 Apr 69
59-0027   12 Feb 63-28 Apr 69
59-0069   12 Apr 67-19 Apr 67
59-0109   08 May 67-28 Apr 69
59-0112   12 Nov 68-28 Apr 69
59-0128   07 Oct 68-20 Dec 68
59-0133   21 Sep 68-20 Dec 68
59-0136   12 Nov 68-19 Dec 68
          26 May 69-01 Jul 71
59-0137   21 Sep 68-22 Dec 68
59-0146   14 Jul 70-01 Jul 71
F-106B
57-2523   20 Sep 61-28 Dec 68
57-2532   17 Oct 60-01 Aug 62
57-2533   17 Oct 60-02 Dec 66
          26 May 69-01 Jul 71
57-2535   28 May 69-01 Jul 71
59-0153   10 Aug 67-28 Apr 69
59-0161   08 May 67-31 Aug 67
Wing / Group: 1st Fighter Wing
Links
Air Division: 24th Air Division Wikipedia
Location(s): Selfridge AFB, MI
Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO
Malmstrom AFB, MT
71st Fighter Squadron
The Cornfield Bomber 58-0787
Dates Active: 17 Oct 60-15 Jan 67
15 Jan 67-01 Jul 68
01 Jul 68-01 Jul 71
Alert Det's:
No. of Aircraft: 57
No. of Loses: 6
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.

The 71st FIS deployed for this mission arriving in Korea in Dec 1968, joining the 48th FIS currently there, and remained until 9 Jun 1969.

Due to tensions of the USS Pueblo incident of 23 Jan 1968, and the shoot-down of an EC-121 Constellation on 15 Apr 1969 by North Korea, several F-106 Delta Dart FIS units had the distinction of flying across the Pacific ocean for deployments to Osan AB, South Korea as part of the Korean buildup stemming from those two incidents. These Sixes flew air defence over the country and shotgun for EC-121 Constellation's still flying.

The first F-106's were deployed from the 318th FIS McChord AFB in Feb 1968, officially arriving for deployment on 22 Mar 1968. During the flight they conducted the first in-flight refueling of an F-106 as they were en-route to Korea. The 318th remained until Dec 1968, when the personnel were swapped out with personnel from the 48th FIS, Langley VA, but the 318th aircraft remained. The 48th did not bring aircraft or equipment, rather took over 318th assets. Joining the 48th FIS was the 71st FIS out of Malmstrom AFB MT, arriving in Dec 1968, to assist the 48th FIS who remained. The 71st FIS brought their Sixes making this a joint 2-unit effort all part of the on-going plan to swap F-106 assets as part of the Korean buildup. The 48th with their 318th aircraft, and the 71st equipment, personnel and their aircraft remained at Osan AB until Jun 1969 when they were replaced by the 94th FIS and their F-106's. The 94th remained until being relieved by the 95th FIS and their aircraft on 15 Nov 1969. The 95th was the last F-106 unit to serve in Korea, remaining until May 1970.
Personal Notes From Skip Anderson, 23 Jan 2015
71st FIS Aircraft Maintenance Officer during this time


Hi Pat, read the account F-106's in Korea and found some errors that you should know about.

I was in the 71st, we were the 2nd squadron rotation Dec '68-June '69, only 6 squadron at Osan at that time, heavier maintenance done at Naha, Okinawa, our 6s flew over there but not back, on return got 6s from 94th (if my memory serves me). Naha contingent consisted of pilot/test pilot/commander, avionics officer, maintenance officer, Hughes tech rep, and Convair tech rep (I think that was it) plus enlisted personnel. I was the a/c maintenance officer. I do think the 1st squadron was the 318th. I don't know the 48th got shown in there with the 71st Dec '68-June '69. FYI.