F-106 DELTA DART

F-106 Delta Dart 48 FIS

48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

'Tazlanglian Devils'

Hughes Achievement Trophy 1971 Korea TDY

Wing / Group(s) Assigned:


Air Division(s) Assigned:
20th Air Division
33rd Air Division

Location(s):
Langley AFB, VA

Dates Unit Was Active:

15 Sep 1960 - Mar 1982

Alert Detachment’s:
Det 1, Charleston AFB, SC 
Det 1, Wilmington NC
Det 1, Homestead AFB, FL
Det 1, Tyndall AFB, FL
Det 1, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
Det 1, Byrd Field, Richmond VA

Number of Aircraft:
49

Number of Aircraft Loses:

7 Lost

Assigned Assigned

The 48th FIS was activated at Dow Field in November 1946 with P-47s. In October 1947 a transition into P-84Bs was completed. These were flown until the unit was temporarily deactivated on 2 October 1949. The 48th FIS was reactivated in November 1952 at Grenier AFB in Manchester NH with F-47s, replacing the New Hampshire ANG's 133d FIS. A relocation to Langley AFB was completed in early 1953 along with a transition into F-84Gs and then F-94Cs in the fall of 1953. In the summer of 1957 the squadron completed a transition into F-102As followed by another in the fall of 1960 to F-106As. The 48th FIS flew F-15s from 1982 to 1991, where many of the F-15 were transferred to the Missouri ANG, the Hawaii ANG, and 3 or 4 going to the Boneyard. The squadron is now the 48th Flying Training Squadron flying T-1A Jayhawks out of Columbus AFB Mississippi.

Winner Hughes Achievement Trophy 1971

Flight Markings
The colored stripes painted on the intake splitter plates (front part of the intake forward of the vari ramp) were Flight Markings to signify which flight an aircraft of the unit belonged to such as 'A' Flight, 'B' Flight, 'C' Flight. In the latter day of the 48 FIS A Flight was Light Blue, B Flight was Red, and C Flight was unbanded (no color). Even later year markings for the 48th had all intake splitter plates painted blue, while the Flight Markings shifted to the pitot tubes with A Flight Blue, B Flight White and C Flight now being the T-33's.

48 FIS

Osan AB, Republic of Korea, Dec 1968-Jun 1969

The 48th FIS deployed for this mission arriving in Korea in Dec 1968, relieving the 318th FIS 'personnel' currently there, and remained until Jun 1969.