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311th Airlift Flight [311th ALF]

The 311th Airlift Flight is a unit of the 375th Operations Group's 458th Airlift Squadron of the 375th Airlift Wing based at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

The 311th was first activated in 1943 as a troop carrier squadron. It was originally tasked with training C-47 crews in the conduct of glider tow and airborne missions, though that mission eventually changed to that of ferrying both supplies and personnel. Reassigned after the war to the Air Force Reserve, the squadron played an active role in the Korean War. Deactivated, it was brought back into active duty in 1963 as a result of operations being undertaken in Southeast Asia before being inactivated in 1971.

The 311th was reactivated on 1 April 1997 and assigned a fleet of six C-21A Operational Support Airlift aircraft.

The flight provides wartime, contingency and peacetime priority airlift of personnel and cargo; maintains worldwide deployment capability to support operational taskings; and provides low-cost experience for pilot training graduates.



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