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303d Aeronautical Systems Wing
Emblem of the 303d Aeronautical Systems Wing
Active 1951-1964; 1986-1989; 2005-Present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Aeronautical Systems
Part of Air Force Material Command
Garrison/HQ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

The 303d Aeronautical Systems Wing (303 ASW) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Force Material Command Aeronautical Systems Center. It is stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio as a tenant unit.

The 303 ASW has responsibility for program execution to develop, acquire, field and modernize capabilities; and support for life-cycle management for the United States and coalition partners.

The wing has a long and distinguished history, being the successor organization to the World War II Eighth Air Force 303d Bombardment Group. The group was one of the first VIII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress units in England. The "Hell's Angels" were the first B-17 group to complete 25 combat missions in June 1943, going on to fly more than 300 combat missions, more than any other group. The 359th BS B-17F 41-24605 "Knock-out Dropper" was the first aircraft in Eighth Air Force to complete 50, then 75 missions.

During the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command 303d Bombardment Wing was a B-47 Stratojet medium bomber wing in the 1950s, and later became a Tactical Missile Wing assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe during the 1980s.



Wing responsibilities also include identifying, coordinating and implementing horizontal integration/capability planning across weapons systems in support of the Global Strike and Global Persistent Attack concept of operations.


For additional history and lineage, see 303d Bombardment Group


  • Established as 303 Bombardment Wing, Medium, on 27 Aug 1951
Activated on 4 Sep 1951
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 15 Jun 1964
  • Redesignated 303 Tactical Missile Wing on 19 Aug 1986
Activated on 12 Dec 1986
Inactivated on 31 Jan 1989
  • Consolidated (23 Jun 2006) with the Reconnaissance Systems Wing, which was established on 23 Nov 2004.
Activated on 18 Jan 2005
Redesignated 303 Aeronautical Systems Wing on 14 Jul 2006.


Attached to: 5th Air Division, 5 Oct-6 Nov 1952
Attached to: 7th Air Division, 4 Mar-5 Jun 1954
Attached to: 3d Air Division, 4 Jul-4 Oct 1956 and 5 Apr-4 Jul 1958



  • 303 Bombardment: 4 Sep 1951-16 Jun 1952 (not operational)


  • 9 Air Refueling: attached 15 Jan-5 Oct 1952 and 15 Nov 1952-25 Apr 1953
  • 43 Air Refueling: 15 Mar-15 Nov 1960
  • 87 Tactical Missile: 12 Dec 1986-31 Jan 1989
  • 303 Air Refueling: attached 4 Sep 1951-8 Apr 1952 (not operational); assigned 18 Feb 1953-1 Feb 1956 (detached 19 Apr-2 Jun 1955)
  • 358 Bombardment: attached 4 Sep 1951-15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952-15 Jun 1964
  • 359 Bombardment: attached 4 Sep 1951-15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952-15 Jun 1964
  • 360 Bombardment: attached 4 Sep 1951-15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952-15 Jun 1964
  • 427 Bombardment: 1 Dec 1958-1 Jan 1962 (not operational, 1 Sep 1961-1 Jan 1962)

Detachments: Det, 96 Air Refueling Squadron: attached c. 4 Jul-c. 4 Oct 1956.


Aircraft and missiles


Trained for strategic bombardment and air refueling operations to meet Strategic Air Command's global commitments. Deployed to Sidi Slimane AB, French Morocco, 5 Oct-6 Nov 1952; Greenham Common RAF Station, England, 17 Mar-28 Apr 1954; Fairford RAF Station, England, 28 Apr-5 Jun 1954; and Anderson AFB, Guam, 4 Jul-4 Oct 1956 and 5 Apr-5 Jul 1958.

Trained for operation of Ground Launched Cruise Missile in England Dec 1986-Jan 1989.

As part of the Aeronautical Systems Center, the 303d designs, develops and delivers dominant aerospace weapon systems and capabilities for U.S. Air Force, other U.S. military, allied and coalition-partner warfighters, in support of Air Force leadership priorities.


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