The 498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on 30 September 1968.
Established in early 1942 as a III Fighter Command Operational Training Unit (OTU), equipped with a mixture of second-line single engine training aircraft. Upgraded in 1943 with P-47 Thunderbolts for Replacement Crew Training (RTU). Inactivated in April 1944.
Reactivated in August 1955 as a United States Air Force Air Defense Command interceptor squadron, assigned to Geiger Field, Washington. Mission was to provide air defense for the Pacific Northwest. Initially equipped with F-86D Sabres. Upgraded to F-102s in 1957 and then to F-106s in 1959, the first operational squadron to receive the Delta Dart.
On 22 October 1962, before President Kennedy told the nation that missiles were in place in Cuba, the squadron dispersed a portion of its force, equipped with nuclear tipped missiles to Paine Air Force Base at the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis.McMullen, Richard F. (1964) “The Fighter Interceptor Force 1962-1964” ADC Historical Study No. 27, Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, CO (Confidential, declassified 22 Mar 2000), pp. 10-12 These planes returned to McChord after the crisis.
On 15 March 1963 two Soviet bombers overflew Alaska and Alaskan Air Command F-102s were unable to intercept them.McMullen, p. 27 The response to this intrusion was to deploy ten F-106s from the squadron and its sister unit, the 318th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron to Alaska in what was called Operation White Shoes.McMullen, pp. 28-29 However, maintaining these aircraft for an extended period of time put a strain on the 325th wing"s combat readiness back at McChord, and eventually a detachment of maintenance personnel was established to maintain the planes in Alaska. The unit got relief from this commitment while it was upgrading its F-106s from the 1st Fighter Wing, which relieved it from March to June 1964. Operation White Shoes terminated in 1965 and the unit"s planes returned home.McMullen, pp. 32-34
Moved to McChord AFB, 1963, Paine Field 1966.
* Constituted 303d Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 13 January 1942.
: Activated on 10 February 1942
: Redesignated: 303d Bombardment Squadron (Dive) on 27 July 1942
: Redesignated: 498th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 10 August 1943.
: Disbanded on 1 April 1944
* Reconstituted, and redesignated 498th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, on 20 June 1955.
: Activated on 18 August 1955.
: Inactivated on 30 September 1968.
* 84th Fighter Group, 10 February 1942 – 1 April 1944
* 84th Fighter Group (Air Defense), 18 August 1955
* 325th Fighter Wing (Air Defense), 1 July 1963
* 57th Fighter Group (Air Defense), 25 January 1966
* 78th Fighter Group, 30 September 1968*
* Squadron inactivated on 30 September 1968 and assets immediately reassigned to 84th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.
* Hammond AAF, Louisiana, c. 11 October 1943
* A-31 Vengeance, 1942
* A-24 Banshee, 1942–1943
* P-39 Airacobra, 1943
* P-47 Thunderbolt, 1943–1944
* F-86D Sabre Interceptor, 1955–1957
* F-102A Delta Dagger, 1957–1959
* F-106A Delta Dart, 1959–1968
* McMullen, Richard F. (1964) “The Fighter Interceptor Force 1962-1964” ADC Historical Study No. 27, Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, CO (Confidential, declassified 22 Mar 2000)
* "ADCOM"s Fighter Interceptor Squadrons". The Interceptor (January 1979) Aerospace Defense Command, (Volume 21, Number 1)
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