In 1950, when the 127th Fighter Squadron replaced the F-51 Mustangs with its first jet airplanes, the F-84 Thunderjets, the Airmen thought a stable mission was in store for them. However, when they deployed to the European Theatre in support of the Korean Conflict, they were ordered to leave the jets in France because of the shortage of F-84s caused by the war. The squadron returned to flying the propellor-driven F-51s in 1952, which they flew for two years until they received jets once again, this time flying the F-80 Shooting Stars. From that point forward, conversions and instability have been engrained into the history of the Fighting Jayhawks. File photo
Story by Capt. Daniel Radford, 184th Historian Office
As we approach the 75th anniversary of the 184 Intelligence Wing, let’s take a look at the history of the wing and its transition phases. Although the 184th’s story is not as long as that of the Army, Navy, or the Marine Corps, it is rich and varied, shaped by the Airmen who came before us.