71st Fighter Interceptor Squadron

71 FIS 'The Ironmen'

Deployed to Osan AB Korea
Wing / Group: 1st Fighter Wing
Air Division: 24th Air Division
Location(s): Selfridge AFB, MI
Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO
Malmstrom AFB, MT
Dates Active: 17 Oct 1960 - 15 Jan 1967
15 Jan 1967 - 01 Jul 1968
01 Jul 1968 - 01 Jul 1971
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.

1st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (1 CAMS) was activated at Selfrdge 16 Jan 1967, Selfridge AFB, MI 1st Fighter Group (AD). On 16 Jan 1967 the 1st Communications & Electronics Maintenance Squadron, the 1st Field Maintenance Squadron, the 1st Organizational Maintenance Squadron, and the 1st Munitions Maintenance Squadron were inactivated and their functions assigned to the newly-activated 1st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. 1st CAMS supported the 71st, 171st and 94th FIS's.

Osan AB, Republic of Korea, Dec 1968-9 Jun 1969

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.