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By Lee Hattabaugh, May 18, 2011
36th Airlift Squadron Memorial Marker
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — 36th Airlift Squadron Memorial
36 ALS In memory of our thirteen airmen who lost their lives 30 November 1992 65-0255 Capt Edward D Parent Jr Capt Banks E Wilkinson Capt Kevin M Maquire 8ALS 1st Lt Edward H Hoyle III TSgt Peter L Osterfeld SSgt Monte L Bissett . . . — Map (db m44249) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor Bu. No. 89484 "Twin Beech" —
The C-45 was developed from the Beech Model 18 civil transport which first flew on 15 January 1937. The USAAF placed orders for its first aircraft in 1940, acquiring nearly 1300 of the Beech 18s modified for various missions. These included light . . . — Map (db m43924) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Convair F-102A Delta Dagger S/N 56-1515 "Duce" —
On 13 December 1956, McChord's 325th FW's 317th FIS upon receiving their first F-102, was the base's first fighter squadron to go "supersonic". the 325th's other squadron, the 318th FIS would receive their first F-102 one year later. In an effort to . . . — Map (db m42735) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Convair F-106A Delta Dart S/N 56-0459 "Six" —
F-106A S/N 56-0459 was the primary aircraft flown during USAF's World Speed Record operation named "Project Firewall". Piloting another F-106, Capt. Joe Rogers set the record of 1595.95 MPH on 15 December 1959, a record that stands today for a . . . — Map (db m42731) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Douglas B-18A Bolo S/N 37-505 First McChord Based Aircraft Type —
The Douglas B-18 was a military adaptation of the company's DC-2 airliner sharing a similar powerplant, wing and tail designs. Although obsolete by the end of 1941, the number of aircraft available made B-18s the most important long-range bomber in . . . — Map (db m43914) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Douglas B-23 Dragon S/N 39-036
In 1938, the Douglas Aircraft Co. developed the B-23 Dragon to rectify the shortcomings of its B-18 Bolo. the B-23 Dragon featured upgraded engines, a considerably refined fuselage, and a tail gun position not found in the B-18. Beginning in early . . . — Map (db m43915) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Douglas C-124C Globemaster II "Old Shakey" S/N 52-0994 —
The C-124 on display completed the last flight of a Globemaster II on its delivery from Willow Run Airport, MI to McChord AFB on 09 October 1986. C-124's were assigned to the base from 1951 - 1969. Proudly maintained by the McChord Air Museum — Map (db m43918) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Douglas TC-47D Skytrain S/N 44-76502 "Gooney Bird" —
The C-47 first entered service in 1941 and became the backbone of the U.S. Army Air Forces airlift capability during World War II. Between 1942-1945, C-47s helped the 62d Troop Carrier Group make their mark on the front lines of North Africa and . . . — Map (db m43916) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — F-16 Fighting Falcon
This F-16 protected our nation's capitol on September 11, 2001 Dedicated to the men and women who defend America's skies May 21, 2008 — Map (db m43921) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Fairchild C-82A Packet S/N 48-57574
In 1946, the 62d Troop Carrier Group received their first C-82s while stationed at Bergstrom TX in 1946. The unit would later move to McChord AFB on August 15, 1947. The 62d gained valuable experience during "Project Yukon" as operation that . . . — Map (db m43917) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II S/N 75-0270 "Warthog" —
On 05 January 1993, the 354th Fighter Squadron "Bulldogs" activated at McChord AFB, geographically separated from their parent unit, the 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. While at McChord, the 354th flew over 15,000 sorties in 11 deployments to . . . — Map (db m42734) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Loadmasters Memorial
In Memory of all Loadmasters — Map (db m44247) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star S/N 58-2106 "T-Bird" —
The T-33 was a familiar sight at McChord for almost 40 years, flying lastly with the 318th FIS until the T-33 retirement on 04 February 1988. T-33's were used for instrument training, certification or requalification of pilots, simulated targets for . . . — Map (db m42954) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — Lockheed-Georgia C-141B Starlifter "Tacoma Starlifter" S/N 65-000277 —
The "Tacoma Starlifter" was the first C-141 assigned to 62d Military Airlift Wing on 05 August 1966. McChord AFB active and reserve units flew the C-141's from the base between 1966-2001. Proudly maintained by the McChord Air Museum — Map (db m43919) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — McDonnell CF-101F Voodoo S/N 101022 "One-Oh-Wonder" —
The Royal Canadian Air Forces 409th Fighter Squadron based at Comox B.C. began replacing their worn CF-100s with CF-101s in mid 1961. While assigned to the 25th NORAD Region, the 409th FS "Nighthawks" commitment in the defense of the Pacific . . . — Map (db m42733) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle S/N 76-0048 "Eagle" —
On 10 June 1983 McChord's 318th FIS received its first F-15 replacing the units venerable F-106. The 318th "Green Dragons" captured the 1984 Hughes Achievement Trophy, presented to USAF's Top Fighter Squadron. In 1989, plans to convert the 318th FIS . . . — Map (db m42732) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — North American F-86D Sabre S/N 52-3669 "Sabre Dog" —
The first operational F-86D entered USAF Squadron service in March of 1951, with McChord's 317th FIS, and the 465th FIS receiving their first aircraft in 1953. The 465th FIS was later redesignated as the 318th FIS on 18 August 1955 under . . . — Map (db m42953) HM
Washington (Pierce County), McChord AFB — POW/MIA Memorial
Sculpture plaque Dedicated to All Former Prisoners of War by Christmastown U.S.A. Chapter American Ex-Prisoners of War Shelton, Washington 1999 Left Tablet Code of Conduct {This tablet was not transcribed or photographed, but can . . . — Map (db m44246) HM

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