20th Fighter Wing History

HISTORY OF THE 20thFIGHTER GROUP

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L-R: Wing Commander's F-16CJ Block 50, 00-0220, 79th FS Commander's F-16C Block 50D, 91-0379; 55th FS Commander's F-16C Block 50Q, 93-0554; 77th FS Commander's F-16C Block 50D, 91-0377. Photo from 20th FW, Shaw AFB, SC
Early History of the 20thFW's Squadrons WW I It All Started With Balloons To Barksdale By Sea First Closed Cockpit Fighter To Europe in "Luxury" on the Queen Elizabeth King's Cliffe The P-38 Era Begins Lightning Limitations Ground Attack Transition to the P-51 (in Less than a Week The Luftwaffe's Last Push 28 Aces 20thFIGHTER GROUP STATISTICS Group Lineage Group Components Group Station Listing Group Aircraft History Group & Bestowed* History and Battle Honors 20thPursuit Group accomplishments during World War II Individual Awards 20th Group Commanders HISTORY OF THE 20thFIGHTER WING 20thBecomes Fighter Bomber The 20thGoes Nuclear Move to Wethersfield May 1952 Wing Bestowed With Group's Heritage The F-100 Arrives Wheelus Operation Begins The 20thGoes on Full Time Nuclear Maintenance Structural Reorganization -- The First of Many Rotations to Turkey Begin Wheelus Closes Relocation to Upper Heyford F-111 Era Begins Maintenance Reorganizes - Again The EF-111A Ravens Arrive -- A Squadron Gained Ghost Rider and El Dorado Canyon WTD in Turkey Iraq Invasion of Kuwait -- Desert Storm Begins Upper Heyford Becomes Desert Storm Evacuation Center 20thWing Organizational Growth The 20thFighter Wing Name Returns 75th Anniversaries Final Departure The AARDVARK Goes to Various Burial Grounds Rebirth Begins at Shaw AFB Today's 20thFW 20thMaintenance Group (MXG) 20th Mission Support 20th Medical Group Insignias 1 Insignias 2 Insignias 3 Missions Performed by the 20thFW Systems Deployment -- the Name of the Game Putting Training to Work Operation Northern and Southern Watch Operation Allied Force Operation Noble Eagle Operation Enduring Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom Closing Thoughts VICTORY BY VALOR AERIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD DEVELOPED 20thFIGHTER WING STATISTICS Wing Lineage Wing Components Wing Station Listing Wing Assigned Aircraft Assignments Wing Decorations Campaign Streamers 20th Wing Commanders 42nd ELECTRONIC COMBAT SQUADRON Lineage Assignments Stations Assigned Aircraft Commanders 55th FIGHTER SQUADRON Lineage Assignments Stations Assigned Aircraft Commanders 77th FIGHTER SQUADRON Lineage Assignments Stations Assigned Aircraft Commanders 78th FIGHTER SQUADRON Lineage Assignments Stations Assigned Aircraft Commanders 79th FIGHTER SQUADRON Lineage Assignments Stations Assigned Aircraft Commanders