|182nd Fighter Squadron - 396th Fighter Squadron
|F-16C painted in the colors of the 396th FS as a tribute to the units past
and the 70th Anniversary of the USAF.
The 182nd Fighter Squadron "Lone Star Gunfighters"
The present day 396th Fighter Squadron.
The 396th was inactivated on 20 August 1946 and the next day
re-designated the 182nd Fighter Squadron.
On 6 October 1947, several World War II veterans petitioned for and won federal recognition for the squadron as an Air National
The 182nd began flying the F-51 Mustang in 1947 and accepted its first jet, the F-84E Thunderjet when the squadron was called to
active duty during the Korean War.
The squadron, then an element of the 136th Fighter Wing, was the first Air National Guard squadron to see combat during the
Korean War; the first Air National Guard unit to shoot down a MiG-15; and the first to successfully demonstrate the applicability of
aerial refueling during combat.
The squadron's "Lonestar Gunfighters" converted in 1996 to the newer F-16C & F-16D (2 seater) Fighting Falcons.