|Wing / Group:|
|Air Division:||23rd Air Division|
|Location(s):||Duluth AP, MN
K.I. Sawer AFB, MI
|Dates Active:||30 Sept 68 to 01 May 71
01 May 71 to 01 Oct 85
|No. of Aircraft:||37|
|No. of Loses:||5 +1 Writeoff|
The 87th FIS was at two different locations: Duluth Municipal Airport Minnesota from , and K.I. Sawyer AFB MI from as part of the 23rd Air Division. The 87th FIS was activated in November 1952 at Sioux City Airport. It replaced the Indiana ANG's 163rd FIS with F-51D aircraft. In the fall of 1953 it transitioned into F-86Ds and in December 1954 the unit transferred to USAFE. The squadron was transferred back to ADC at Lockbourne AFB in April 1956, again with F-86Ds and subsequently F-86Ls a year later in 1957. The squadron transitioned into F-102As in late 1958 and in June 1960 the F-102s were exchanged for F-101Bs. In July 1968 the 87th was deactivated at Lockbourne, however, in September 1968 the 11th FIS at Duluth AP with F-106As was deactivated and re-designated the 87th FIS.
In May 1971 the 87th FIS moved from Duluth AP to K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI replacing the F-101 equipped 62d Fighter Interceptor Squadron which was deactivated in Apr 1971. The 87th FIS was deactivated on 1 Oct 1985.
The 87th Red Bulls deployed to Keflavik Iceland in April 1978 to assisted the 57th with Alert Duties as that unit transitioned from F-4Cs to F-4Es.
1972-74 Col Wotring
1975-76 Col John Perkins
1976-78 Col Harris
1979-80 Col Ronald House
1982-83 Col Furhman
Commanders Aircraft "TORO ONE" As best I can recall, and asertain from the many photos and data collected, the following are the aircraft designated as the Commanders jet with the 3 red stripes named "Toro One".
F-106s were assigned to the 87th FIS at Duluth IAP MN from 30 Sept 68 to 01 May 71 and to the 87th FIS KI Sawyer AFB MI from 01 May 71 untill 01 Oct 85 deactivation. A total of 37 aircraft were assigned with 5 losses and 1 write-off.