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63d Air Refueling Squadron
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63d Air Refueling Squadron Patch
Active 12 December 1942 - 15 May 1946
21 June 1947 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Aerial refueling
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
4th Air Force
927th Air Refueling Wing
927th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ MacDill Air Force Base
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The 63d Air Refueling Squadron (63 ARS) is a United States Air Force Reserve squadron, assigned to the 927th Operations Group, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. It is a corollary unit of the active duty 91st Air Refueling Squadron, 6th Air Mobility Wing (6 AMW).


The squadron operates the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting aerial refueling missions as the reserve associate to the 6th Air Mobility Wing.


The 63d flew aerial transportation and casualty evacuation in the South and Southwest Pacific from, 6 August 1943-c. August 1945, and between Japan and Korea from, 19 May-31 December 1952. The squadron conducted tactical airlift operations from, 1953–1969 and 1971–1992 and trained for tactical air support missions from, 1969-1971. It deployed personnel to Southwest Asia in 1990 and 1991 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. It has flown air refueling missions since 1992.[1]



  • 63d Troop Carrier Squadron (1942–1949)
  • 63d Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1949–1967)
  • 63d Tactical Airlift Squadron (1967–1969)
  • 63d Tactical Air Support Squadron (1969–1971)
  • 63d Tactical Airlift Squadron (1971–1992)
  • 63d Airlift Squadron (1992)
  • 63d Air Refueling Squadron (1992–Present)


Bases stationed[1]

  • Bowman Field, Kentucky (1942)
  • Alliance Army Air Field, Nebraska (1942–1943)
  • Pope Field, North Carolina (1943)
  • Baer Field, Indiana (1943)
  • Espiritu Santo (1943–1944)
  • Los Negros (1944)
  • Biak (1944–1945)
    • Air Echelon: Wakde (4–19 October 1944)
    • Air Echelon: Noemfoor (29 October - 29 December 1944)

Aircraft Operated[1]


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


See also

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