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Memphis Air National Guard Base

Memphis Air National Guard Base
Part of Tennessee Air National Guard
Located near: Memphis, Tennessee
Tennessee Air National Guard C-5 Galaxy at Memphis Air National Guard Base
Site information
Controlled by  United States Air Force
Site history
Built 1939
In use 1952-Present
Garrison information
164th Airlift Wing
Airfield information
Elevation AMSL 341 ft / 104 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18C/36C 11,120 3,389 Concrete
18L/36R 9,000 2,743 Concrete
18R/36L 9,320 2,841 Concrete
9/27 8,946 2,727 Asphalt
Memphis ANGB is located in Tennessee
Memphis ANGB
Memphis ANGB
Location of Memphis Air National Guard Base, Tennessee
See: Memphis International Airport for civil airport information

Memphis Air National Guard Base is the home base of the Tennessee Air National Guard 164th Airlift Wing.[1]


The mission of the Tennessee Air National Guard 164th Airlift Wing at Memphis Air National Guard Base is to provide a quality force to accomplish airlift, aerial delivery and mobility missions in support of the Nation, and respond to the needs of the State and its Communities. In 2004, Tennessee Air National Guard, Memphis, Tenn. retired their C-141s and converted to C-5A's.[1]

The 164th Airlift Wing was activated 23 December 1946 as the 155th Fighter Squadron. The assigned aircraft was the F-51 Fighter. On 1 April 1951, the unit was redesignated as a Tactical Reconnaissance squadron utilizing the same aircraft. During this same period, the 155th was activated for the Korean War.[1]

The 155th returned to state control as a night photo unit on 1 January 1953. The type aircraft received for this mission was the RB-26. The unit was redesignated as a photo jet organization on 1 April 1956. The RF-84 jet was received directly from the factory to be used in this mission.[1]

April 1961 brought a major change for this unit. The 164th Military Aircraft Group was activated as parent unit and the 155th was redesignated as a military squadron. At this time, the unit received the C-97 which was a converted SAC tanker. Conversion to this aircraft brought worldwide mission to such places as Europe, Japan, South America, Australia, and South Vietnam. During May 1966, the 164th AW set many records. To name a few: 10 round trips to South East Asia, 1702 flying hours in one month, and a large amount of cargo and passengers were transported.[1]

May 1967 brought the Grand Lady of the air, the C-124 (Old Shakey). Along with Old Shakey, the personnel of this unit performed many missions of mercy. Old Shakey was given her deserved rest in 1974 when she was retired from military service. On August 1974, she reluctantly gave up her berth to the C-130.[1]

The mission remained military airlift, but with tactical airlift capabilities. After obtaining the Drop Zone in Coldwater, MS, the first aerial delivery was made on 8 February 1975. It was during this time that the 164th was re-designated as the 164th Tactical Airlift Group.[1]

Desert Storm brought on the activation of several units of the 164th. The 164th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron was the first Air Guard Aerial Port unit activated. They served a six-month tour in the desert with distinction.[1]

The C-130's were retired in April 1992 when the unit received the first of eight C-141B Starlifter Aircraft. With this conversion came the strategic airlift mission and the designation of the 164th Airlift Group. The unit was redesignated the 164th Airlift Wing on 1 October 1995.[1]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i 164th Airlift Wing Website
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