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- Hayward Air National Guard Base
- (Russell City Army Air Field,
Hayward Army Air Field)
- P51's of the 194th
Fighter Squadron at Hayward ANG Base (Courtesy of Bill Larkins)
- In 1942 Hayward Army Air Field west of
the city of Hayward was built as an auxiliary field to Chico
Army Air Field. The primary aircraft stationed at the field
were P-38 fighter aircraft. This post may have also named "Russell
City Army Air Field" for the unicorporated area outside
of the Hayward city limits where it was located.
- Later it came under the control of Hamilton Field. Hayward became a
civilian airport in 1946 and in August 1947 it was deeded to
the City of Hayward. It was called Hayward Municipal Airport,
became Hayward Air Terminal in 1963, and in January 1999 it was
named Hayward Executive Airport. It is a general aviation and
corporate operating field.
- The California Air National Guard moved
onto land adjoining the airport in 1949. A control tower was
erected in 1960. Initially it was the home of the 61st Fighter
Wing which included the 194th Fighter Squadron on 25 June 1948.
The 61st Fighter Wing was redesignated as the 144th Fighter Bomber
Wing on 1 November 1950. The wing also consited of the 192nd
Fighter Squadron at Reno, Nevada and the 191st Fighter Squadron
at Salt Lake City, Utah.
The P-51D and later the P-51H were flown
from 1948 until 31 October 1954. During its early years with the
P-51D/H, the unit earned prominence as one of the Air Force's
most respected aerial gunnery competitors. In June, 1953, while
still flying the P-51, the unit qualified for the first all-jet,
worldwide gunnery meet. Using borrowed F-86A Sabre jets, the 144th,
which represented the Air National Guard, placed fifth in competition.
On 1 November 1954, the 194th accomplished
the transition from the piston-engined, propeller driven P-51
to its first jet aircraft, the F-86A. At the same time, the 194th
relocated to Fresno, followed by the wing in 1957. The site of
the Fresno Air National Guard Base
has been used for military aviation since World War II, when it
was known as Hammer Field.
- For 22 years after the Korean War the
field was home to the 129th Air Rescue
Squadron, (including it's several redesignations), of the
California Air National Guard. In 1955 the California ANG was
authorized to organize a new squadron to replace its 194th FIS
at Hayward Airport; the new unit was the 129th Search and Rescue
Squadron (SRW) (Medium), an ANG-manned unit which had been activated
during the Korean War in August 1951 and had been assigned to
the 111th SRW to serve alongside a Pennsylvania ANG squadron,
the 103rd. The 129th SRS was inactivated on January 1, 1953 after
the PA ANG unit was returned to state control.
- On April 3, 1955 the 129th Air Resupply
Squadron was established at Hayward and equipped with Curtiss
C-46D Commandos in the Summer 1955 supplemented by Grumman SA-16A
Albatrosses in 1958. The C-46Ds phased out 1 November 1958: redesignated
129th Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium). January 20, 1962 reached
Group status with federal recognition of the 129th Troop Carrier
Group. May 1, 1980: permanent change of station from Hayward
Air Terminal to NAS Moffett Field.
- Sources: 144th Fighter Wing,
Ron Reuthers and Bill Larkins
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- Known Units that Served at
Hayward Army Air Field
- 362nd Fighter Squadron, June 4, 1943 to
October 4, 1943.
394th Fighter Squadron, December 8, 1943 to March 8, 1944.
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