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Missing 1953 510th Emblem

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CMSgt Michael T. Barrowman received some unexpected news from Mrs. Margaret Ream, Historian, Organizational History Branch, Air Force Historical Research Agency.  The 510th Fighter Bomber Squadron changed the 510th emblem in 1953, and there is no other record of modification until now.

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F-84 Over the Shoulder Bombing

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This illustration depicts the unusual method developed to enable the F-84F to deliver a nuclear warhead by "tossing" the "Shape" from the Thunderstreak high into the air as the plane was slightly past vertical into a loop. This toss would enable the F-84F to complete the loop and exit the area before the bomb descended to detonate.

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Operation TEAPOT

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United States Atmospheric Nuclear Weapons Tests

On August 30, 1954, President Eisenhower authorized Operation TEAPOT to test a number of weapon systems and applications.  The Operation consisted of 14 Nuclear Tests from February 18, 1955 to May 15, 1955.

On 19 January 1955, 134 Officers and Enlisted men of the 510th Fighter Bomber Squadron received orders to be deployed to George AFB, California to Participate in project "Tea Pot".  The duration of their participation from 24 January 1955 until 25 February 1955.

 

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The 510th Squadron Patch

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In 1956, the 510th Squadron commander, Col. Robert R. Scott, ‘invited’ three officers to redesign the existing 1943 “Willie the Wolf” Squadron patch to bring it up to date with the squadron mission – which was to deploy world-wide and attack designated targets with Tactical Nuclear Weapons employing the Republic F-84F (and later the North American F-100D).  The 510th Fighter-Bomber Squadron was part of the three Squadron 405th Fighter Bomber Group, and two Group 405th Fighter Bomber Wing, at Langley AFB, VA operating directly under Tactical Air Command, also headquartered at Langley.

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New Speed Record

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March 9, 1955
Air Force pilot Lt. Col. Robert R. Scott, of the 510th Fighter Squadron, establishes a new transcontinental speed record (coast-to-coast) by flying 2,245 miles from Los Angeles to Mitchel Field New York in 3 hours, 44 minutes and 53 seconds in a Republic F-84F Thunderstreak jet fighter bomber.

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