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182nd Fighter Squadron [182nd FS]

The 182nd Fighter Squadron was originally activated in June 1943 as the 396th Fighter Squadron, serving honorably in the European Theater during World War II.

The 396th was inactivated on 20 August 1946 and the next day redesignated the 182nd Fighter Squadron. On 6 October 1947, several World War II veterans petitioned for and won federal recognition for the squadron as an Air National Guard unit.

The 182nd began flying the F-51 "Mustang" in 1947 and accepted its first jet, the F-84E "Thunderjet" when the squadron was called to active duty during the Korean War. The squadron, as an element of the 136th Fighter Wing, was the first Air National Guard squadron to see combat during that war; the first Air National Guard unit to shoot down a MiG-15; and the first to successfully demonstrate the applicability of aerial refueling during combat.

The squadron's "Lonestar Gunfighters" converted in 1996 to the newer F-16 "C/D model", the world's leading swing-role fighter and manufactured in Texas.

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