87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

87 FIS 'Red Bulls'

Wing / Group:
Air Division: 23rd Air Division
Location(s): Duluth AP, MN
K.I. Sawer AFB, MI
Dates Active: 30 Sep 1968 - 01 May 1971
01 May 1971 - 01 Oct 1985
Alert Det's:
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.

Squadron Commanders
1971-Col Kees
1972-Col Johnson
1972-74 Col Wotring
1975-76 Col John Perkins
1976-78 Col Harris
1978-Col Smith
1979-80 Col Ronald House
1982-Col Blair
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".