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c/n 319



51-16530 USAF #1130 L-20A No. 131. Command AF-1. Delivered 15-Jul-1952.

Fate Unknown

USAF History

51-16530 was made available on 07-Jul-1952 was accepted on the same day by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, Ontario after which it was delivered to the Tactical Air Command at Donaldson AFB, Sth Carolina where it was assigned to the 64th Troop Carrier (Medium) Group on 16-Jul-1952 until re allocated on 21-Jul-1952 to the 4th Liaison Squadron.

In preparation for transportation to Europe it was assigned to the Air Material Command and the 2847th Transportation Control Depot (TPC) Wing at Newark NJ from 13-Dec-1952. It arrived in Germany at Neubiberg and was assigned to Air Force Europe from 23-Jan 1953 being initially allocated to the 86th Fighter Bomber Wing at Neubiberg remaining until 18-Feb-1953. It was then allocated to the 85th Air Depot Wing at Erding until 03-Mar-1953 after which it moved to the 4th Liaison Squadron at Furstenfeldbeck where it remained until 04-Feb-1954

The aircraft then moved to France and to Chaumont for the 48th Fighter Bomber Wing but only remained for a month before being sent to Landstuhl and the 7030th Headquarters Group. Its stay here until 20-Sep-1955 was interrupted by two short moves to Hahn, 50th FB Wing between 28-May-1954 and 28-Jun-1954 and another to Etain between 31-Aug-1984 and 15-Sep-1954 with the 7005th Air Base Wing. This short look at Etain was the precursor for a much longer relationship which lasted until 25-Aug-1959 with attachments again to the 7005th Air Base Wing, the 388th Fighter Bomber wing, 24-Dec-1955 to 10-Dec-1956, which was then re designated 49th Fighter Bomber wing and then lastly re designated Tactical Fighter Wing on 08 July 1958.

Emblem of 49th Fighter Bomber Wing

Emblem of 49th Tactical Fighter Wing

Between 17-May and 09-Aug-1956 it underwent maintenance at The Air Material Depot at Vergiate (MACVI) in Northern Italy operated by the Macchi company.

In 1957, the French Government decreed that all nuclear weapons and delivery aircraft had to be removed from French soil by July 1958. As a result, the aircraft (F-100’s) of the 49th TFW had to be removed from France and in consequence the unit relocated on 25 August 1959 to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

The aircraft record card indicates that it suffered an accident on 13-Aug-1962 but details are currently unavailable.