Bats: The History of Iowa's Air National Guard 174th Squadron from Fighter to Tanker

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The Iowa Air National Guard's 174th Air Refuelling Squadron was organised at the Sioux City Army Air Base in 1946 as a P-51 fighter squadron. Over the years it flew many fighter-type aircraft. Called to active service during the Korean War the squadron was activated, dispersing assets and personnel in many directions. Both the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard learned from this real-life exercise. When another call-up came during the Vietnam War, the 174th Tactical Fighter Squadron was kept together as one of four ANG squadrons seeing service in that conflict with stellar results. Now known as the 174th Air Refuelling Squadron, the unit has been supporting the regulars in numerous conflicts since taking on the air refuelling role. This is the history of mid-west American and warrior values integrating perfectly. Today they are an important element within the Air Force.