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'First in Flight' booklet tells Selfridge story

  • Published
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
A 28-page booklet on the history of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, expanded fact sheets on several 127th Wing squadrons and dozens of photos about the missions and operations of the military units assigned to the base highlight the recent additions to the wing's official web site,

The booklet, "First in Flight," features more than two dozen photos and lists nearly 100 "firsts," "lasts" and other key milestones in the nearly 100-year history of Selfridge, which became a military air field on July 1, 1917, as the U.S. was preparing for entry into World War I. The booklet also includes a list of every aircraft ever assigned to Selfridge, an overview of early aviation history in Michigan and highlights of several key generals who served part of their career at the Macomb County base.

The booklet can be found by clicking here or by visiting the History & Heritage page of the 127th Wing's web site. The history page also includes two new two-page documents that highlight the history of the 107th Fighter Squadron and the predecessor organization of the 171st Air Refueling Squadron during World War II. The 107th and the 171st are the two Michigan Air National Guard flying squadrons now assigned to Selfridge, flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, respectively. Another new link on the history page joins two others that focus on Selfridge during and after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Other recent additions on the web site include new and updated fact sheets on various Air National Guard units assigned to the base and updated information on the 2014 Selfridge Open House & Air Show, which will be held Sept. 6-7. The free open house will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and numerous military aircraft and other equipment. For more on the Open House, click here or here.

The First in Flight booklet and other additions bolster a web site which was recently awarded first place in an annual review of web sites operated by Air National Guard units around the nation.

Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 97th year of continuous military air operations in 2014.