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405th Air Expeditionary Wing
Emblem of the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ Thumrait AB, Oman
Mascot NOVERE ET AGGREDI - "Deploy and Attack"
James Ferguson
James E. Hill
William T. Hobbins
Chuck Horner
Chuck Yeager
Air Force security forces from the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing listen to instruction during guard mount at an Operation Enduring Freedom location. A guard mount is conducted to brief security forces troops before a shift change.

The 405th Air Expeditionary Wing (405 AEW) is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to Air Combat Command. It may be activated or inactivated at any time.

Currently, it is believed that the 405 AEW is stationed at Thumrait AB, Oman. Its current mission and operational components are undetermined, however it appears to be a combat organization flying strategic bombers and support aircraft.



Through its Operational component, 405th Air Expeditionary Operations Group (405 AEOG), the 405 AEW is believed to control Boeing B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress operations over combat areas in the Middle East and Central Asia as part of the Global War on Terrorism. Aircraft and personnel are drawn from both CONUS-based units as well as units assigned to USAFE or PACAF on regular deployment cycles. The unit's organization structure has not been disclosed.


For additional history and lineage, see 405th Air Expeditionary Operations Group


  • Established as 405th Fighter-Bomber Wing on 15 Oct 1952
Activated on 1 Dec 1952
Inactivated on 1 Jul 1958
  • Redesignated 405th Fighter Wing on 11 Mar 1959
Activated on 9 Apr 1959
Inactivated on 16 Sep 1974
  • Redesignated 405th Tactical Training Wing, and activated on 29 Aug 1979
Inactivated 1 Oct 1991
  • Redesignated 405th Air Expeditionary Wing and converted to provisional status in Sep 2001


Attached to: United States Central Command Air Forces (later United States Air Forces Central)


  • 1st Test: 30 April 1970-16 September 1974
  • 8th Bombardment (later, 8th Special Operations; 8th Fighter): 18 November 1964-15 January 1968
  • 13th Bombardment (later, 13th Fighter): 18 November 1964-15 January 1968
  • 20th Operations: 31 December 1971-16 September 1974
  • 64th Tactical Fighter: 10 June 1966-15 December 1969
  • 90th Tactical Fighter: 15 December 1972-16 September 1974
  • 425th Tactical Fighter Training: 29 August 1979-30 September 1991
  • 426th Tactical Fighter Training: 1 January 1981-29 November 1990
  • 461st Tactical Fighter Training: 29 August 1979-30 September 1991
  • 508th: 8 October 1957-1 April 1958
  • 509th: 8 October 1957-1 July 1958, 9 April 1959-24 July 1970
  • 510th: 8 October 1957-1 July 1958, 9 April 1959-16 March 1964
  • 511th: 8 October 1957-1 July 1958
  • 523d Tactical Fighter: 8 October 1957-1 July 1958, 20 November 1965-31 August 1973
  • 550th Tactical Fighter Training: 29 August 1979-30 September 1991
  • 555th Tactical Fighter Training: 29 August 1979-30 September 1991
  • 774th Tactical Airlift: 31 December 1971-15 September 1972
  • Note: Numerous Temporary Duty (TDY) Squadrons Attached During Vietnam War.




Cold War

Replaced 108th Fighter-Bomber Wing in Dec 1952. Operated Godman AFB, Ky, Dec 1952—Apr 1953, and Langley AFB, Va, May 1953—Oct 1957. At the latter base, replaced 4430th Air Base Wing and operationally controlled numerous tactical and support components until Oct 1957. Operations included gunnery and bombardment training, firepower demonstrations, weapons delivery training, and numerous tactical exercises, 1952-1958, plus air refueling, 1954-1958.

Replaced 6200th Air Base Wing at Clark AB, Philippines, in Apr 1959. Provided air defense and offensive fighter operations in the Philippines, Taiwan, and other Far Eastern points, Apr 1959-Jun 1962. Operated Clark AB and its satellite facilities, Apr 1959-Mar 1965 and Dec 1971-Sep 1974.

Provided air defense training for Royal Thai Air Force personnel, from a base in Thailand, Nov 1961-Feb 1966. From mid-1962 until the end of the conflict in Southeast Asia, frequently deployed assigned and attached components to bases in Southeast Asia for air defense and combat operations under operational control of other organizations. When not so involved, components trained in air defense and other tactical exercises in Taiwan and the Philippines.

During Jul-Aug 1972, provided extensive flood relief to Phil¬ippine areas inundated by monsoon rains. During Feb-Mar 1973, provided medical, logistical, and administrative support for former prisoners of war, on their way to the United States from North Vietnam. Replaced by 3d Tactical Fighter Wing in Sep 1974.

Reactivated in 1979 and equipped with the F-15B/D and F-5E squadrons of the 58th Tactical Training Wing and conducted Replacement Training Unit (RTU) operations. Later added the F-15E RTU mission and closed the F-5 school. Absorbed into the 58th TTW in 1991 and inactivated

Current era

Supporting operations on three fronts of Global War on Terrorism-- the Horn of Africa, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. B-1, KC-135, RJ-135 Aircraft, possibly others.


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Endicott, Judy G., USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995. Office of Air Force History
  • Ravenstein, Charles A., Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977, Office of Air Force History, 1984

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