Montgomery Air National Guard Base

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Dannelly Field
Gunter Army Airfield Auxiliary #6
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Part of Alabama Air National Guard (AL ANG)
Located near: Montgomery, Alabama
F-16C Alabama ANG drops GBU-24 2002.JPEG
F-16C Block 30K Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 160th Fighter Squadron, 187th Fighter Wing
Coordinates 32°18′16″N 086°24′01″W / 32.30444°N 86.40028°W / 32.30444; -86.40028 (Montgomery ANGB)
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1943
In use 1943–present
Garrison information
Garrison 187th Fighter Wing.png
187th Fighter Wing
Airfield information
Summary
Elevation AMSL 221 ft / 67 m
Coordinates 32°18′02″N 086°23′38″W / 32.30056°N 86.39389°W / 32.30056; -86.39389Coordinates: 32°18′02″N 086°23′38″W / 32.30056°N 86.39389°W / 32.30056; -86.39389
Website www.187fw.ang.af.mil
Map
KMGM is located in Alabama
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KMGM
Location of Montgomery Air National Guard Base
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 4,010 1,222 Asphalt
10/28 9,010 2,746 Asphalt

Montgomery Air National Guard Base is the home base of the Alabama Air National Guard 187th Fighter Wing.[1]

History[edit]

The roots of the 187th Fighter Wing date back to 1952 when the Alabama Air National Guard organized the 160th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in Birmingham, Alabama equipped with the RF-51 Mustang. The squadron moved to Dannelly Field on January 1, 1953, and entered the jet age with the arrival of the RF-80 Shooting Star in 1955. Within a year the 160th transitioned to the RF-84 Thunderflash aircraft, which served as the squadron's primary aircraft for the next 15 years.[1]

The squadron was mobilized during the Berlin Crisis in 1961-1962 and deployed to Toul-Rosieres Air Base, France. In August 1962, the squadron returned to normal peacetime status and was reorganized. It was then officially designated the 187th Reconnaissance Group.[1]

In 1971, the Thunderflash was replaced by the RF-4C Phantom II, which was flown for 17 years. From 1971-1982, the group remained in the reconnaissance role. The 187th won many honors during this timeframe, including the best reconnaissance unit in the nation in the Photo Finish "81" competition.[1]

In 1982, the 187th changed missions from reconnaissance to the multi-purpose fighter role after acquiring the F-4D. The Group established itself as a premier tactical fighter unit by capturing overall top honors in the ANG Fangsmoke competition in 1987. In October 1988, the Group converted to the F-16 aircraft. In October 1995, the Group was designated a Wing under Air Force reorganization; becoming the 187th Fighter Wing.[1]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force document "The history of the 187th Fighter Wing". Retrieved on 2016-02-27.