Continuing our weekly highlight on the 93d FS Makos, let's look at their long history.
Activated in June 1943 under I Troop Carrier Command and equipped with C-47 Skytrains. Trained in various parts of the eastern United States until the end of 1943. Deployed to England and assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, Ninth Air Force. Prepared for the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Began operations by dropping paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy on D-Day (6 June 1944) and releasing gliders with reinforcements on the following day. The unit received a Distinguished Unit Citation and a French citation for these missions.
After the Normandy invasion the squadron ferried supplies in the United Kingdom. After moving to France in September, the unit dropped paratroops of the 82nd Airborne Division near Nijmegen and towed gliders carrying reinforcements during the airborne attack on Holland. In December, it participated in the Battle of the Bulge by releasing gliders with supplies for the 101st Airborne Division near Bastogne. When the Allies made the air assault across the Rhine River in March 1945, each aircraft towed two gliders with troops of the 17th Airborne Division and released them near Wesel. The squadron also hauled food, clothing, medicine, gasoline, ordnance equipment, and other supplies to the front lines and evacuated patients to rear zone hospitals. It converted from C-47s to C-46s and the new aircraft to transport displaced persons from Germany to France and Belgium after V-E Day.
Returned to the U.S. during the period July–September 1945, and trained with C-46 aircraft until inactivated.
The squadron trained in troop carrier operations from, 1949–1951 and fighter-bomber operations from, 1952-1957. Since 1978, it has trained to maintain combat readiness in tactical fighter operations. The 93d periodically deployed to Turkey to enforce the no-fly zone over northern Iraq from, 1997-2003.
This week JTF501 highlights the 93rd Fighter Squadron (93d FS) "Makos".
The Makos within JTF501 are apart of the 127th Fighter Wing. Using the F-16C created by Eagle Dynamics, our Makos try to mimic similar missions and roles that their real life counterparts participate in.
The real 93d FS Makos are part of the Air Force Reserve Command's 482d Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida.
The 7th Fighter Training Wing doesn't stop training JTF501 after getting through your Initial Training Qualifications, JTF501 believes that there's always more to learn.
Enter the job of the 89th Aggressor Fighter Squadron aka "Rogue Squadron". Rogue Squadron consists of experienced Instructor Pilots from within JTF501 to help instruct line pilots in numerous skills from Air to Air tactics and strategies, Defensive tactics, Mission Planning strategies, and becoming an Instructor Pilot. Essentially our Rogue Squadron pilots conduct an on going version of the Fighter Weapons School known as TOP GUN. When doing this, 89th members fly redfor planes to provide dissimilar aircraft adversaries.
When JTF501 "deploys" for campaigns, these experienced pilots then are able to supplement back into the rank & file to flesh out flights along with making observations for further training after the campaigns. Such a huge and important task seems almost impossible...
"After all, impossible is what Rogue Squadron does best of all." - Corran Horn
The 7th Fighter Training Wing is the over arching instructional authority for JTF501. The 7th Fighter Training Wing (FTW) completes all onboarding of new pilots to the group regardless of airframe, to ensure all pilots enter their respective squadrons with the basic knowledge needed to operate such advanced aircraft. This is done through the 49th Fighter Training Squadron "Black Knights". Every pilot enters with a T-45 Checkride to gauge where each pilots skill resides. From there, the instructors can cater to the amount of training needed. Training continues once you become Fully Mission Qualified (FMQ) where our Aggressor Squadron looks to make you even better. The 89th Fighter Squadron "Rogues" will push those who think they are good right to the edge.
7th Fighter Training Wing - Training like a beast to become the best.
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CVW-5 History Article
Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) is a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. The air wing is attached to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. It was initially formed in 1943. It has participated in the Second World War, the Korean War, the Gulf War, Operation Southern Watch, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq.
The wing's officially stated mission is 'To conduct carrier air warfare operations and assist in the planning, control, coordination and integration of seven air wing squadrons in support of carrier air warfare including; Interception and destruction of enemy aircraft and missiles in all-weather conditions to establish and maintain local air superiority. All-weather offensive air-to-surface attacks, Detection, localization, and destruction of enemy ships and submarines to establish and maintain local sea control. Aerial photographic, sighting, and electronic intelligence for naval and joint operations. Airborne early warning service to fleet forces and shore warning nets. Airborne electronic countermeasures. In-flight refueling operations to extend the range and the endurance of air wing aircraft and Search and rescue operations.'
The fixed-wing squadrons of the air wing transferred to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture in 2017 and early 2018.
Actual Real World Assigned Subordinate Units:
The 127th Fighter Wing also has faster jets. Let’s face it, not everyone like to reign hellfire down at slower speeds.
When the 127th FW needs CAP, SEAD, Deep Strike, or CAS with a faster attitude they call for the F-16C Viper in the form of the 93d Fighter Squadron. The Mako’s will get the job done!
The 127th Fighter Wing employs numerous weapons to the virtual battlefield. One of these weapons allows for Close Air Support (CAS), Forward Air Control Airborne (FAC-A), extreme loitering time, and extensive munitions.
The A-10CII Warthog is the 75th Fighter Squadrons weapon of choice, and the results are absolutely destructive.
If you want something done, and don’t care/want to know how it gets done, give it to them...75th FS will get it done.
Influenced by the fantastical Star Wars Clone Wars Fighter Wing, the 127th Fighter Wing is the overseeing body of the simulated USAF Squadrons within JTF501.
Whether it's an A-10C, F-16C, or eventually the F-4 and F-15E, this Fighter Wing is your bread and butter.
127th Fighter Wing is accepting applicants for all airframes. Get your application while recruiting is still open!