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26th Air Refueling Squadron
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Active 28 May 1952 - 1 April 1955
1 April 1955 - 7 August 1957
7 August 1957 - 15 September 1964
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Aerial refueling
Part of Strategic Air Command
26th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
4050th Air Refueling Wing
380th Bombardment Wing
Garrison/HQ Lockbourne AFB Ohio
Westover AFB Massachusetts
Plattsburgh AFB New York

The 26th Air Refueling Squadron (26 AREFS) was a squadron of the United States Air Force that flew the KC-97E/F/G Stratofreighter.


The 26 AREFS flew worldwide air refueling operations from 1952-61. The 26th AREFS's KC-97s refueled F-84G fighters from the 506th Strategic Fighter Wing participating in the Operation Longstride in Aug 1953. They refueled seventeen F-84Gs from Turner AFB, Georgia to RAF Lakenheath, Great Britain during a non-stop 4,485-mile trip. During the second phase of Operation Longstride in October 1953, the 26th helped refuel eight F-84s of the 31st Strategic Fighter Wing from Turner AFB, Georgia to Nouasseur Air Base, French Morocco. The aircraft covered 3,800 miles in 10 hours and 20 minutes, thanks to in-flight refueling by brand-new SAC KC-97s in the vicinity of Bermuda and the Azores. Crews and aircraft from the 26th deployed to Lajes AB Portugal in September 1954 for 45 days to refuel RB-47 reconnaissance aircraft.



  • 26th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium (1952–1964)


Bases stationed

Aircraft operated

  • KC-97E Stratofreighter (1952–1957)
  • KC-97F Stratofreighter (1953–1961)
  • KC-97G Stratofreighter (1954–1964)


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5

External links

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website

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