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We are a premier Fighter Wing in the Total Force, serving proudly in the global contingency and homeland defense roles and missions, providing our federal and state partners a Ready, Reliable, Relevant, and Respected force; demonstrating our core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.

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Since Sept. 30,1948, when Federal recognition was granted to the 170th Fighter Squadron (the precursor to the 183d FW), the 183d Fighter Wing has established and maintained a tradition of excellence and fighter readiness. From 60 men meeting Thursday nights at the State Armory to approximately 1,000 men and women training together at least 40 days a year, the unit has grown to be a very valuable asset of the United States Armed Forces.
 
Our fighter heritage started with the F-51 Mustang. The F-51 was with us in May 1950 when we moved into a new hangar at Capital Airport, and was still with us in March of 1951 when we were ordered to active duty for 21 months due to the Korean conflict.

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tabAir National Guard: A Short Story 
The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard.

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Air National Guard at 60: A HISTORY

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tab183rd FW Aircraft
F-51 Mustang (1948 to 1953)

F-86 Sabre Jet (1953 to 1955)

F-84F Thunderstreak (1955 to 1972)

F-4 C/D Phantom II (1972 to 1989)

F-16 Fighting Falcon (1989 to 2008)

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