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77th Aeronautical Systems Wing
Emblem of the 77th Air Base Wing
Active 5 February 1942 — present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Equipment support
Part of Air Force Material Command
Garrison/HQ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Col Daryl Hauck

The 77th Aeronautical Systems Wing (77 ASW) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Its World War II predecessor unit, the 77th Reconnaissance Group supported ground units in training by flying reconnaissance, artillery adjustment, fighter, and bomber missions, and in the process trained reconnaissance personnel who later served overseas.



The 77 ASW supports the Aeronautical Systems Center. It's units perform a variety of missions

  • Human Systems Group
Provides advanced performance, survival, and force protection capabilities to U.S. and allied air, ground, and naval forces through development, production, and sustainment of human-centered systems including aircrew life support, egress, survival, aeromedical equipment, medical information, aerovac equipment testing/certification, AF uniforms, and aircraft mishap analysis.
  • Simulator Systems Group
Responsible for the development, production, test, integration, deployment, modification, and sustainment of common training solutions for joint ground-based training and mission rehearsal systems.
  • Aging Aircraft Systems Squadron
Develops and fields products that enhance the Air Force's aircraft fleet availability and mission capability while reducing total ownership cost. The squadron is responsible for the development, acquisition, and fielding of cross-enterprise materiel solutions that enhance fleet availability and mission capability.
  • Propulsion Systems Squadron
Responsible for the development, production, test, and fielding of propulsion systems for the Joint Strike Fighter, F/A-22, and C-17. It also manages the Component Improvement Program, critical sustaining engineering for Air Force propulsion, and modernization of all Air Force propulsion systems, future propulsion capabilities, and allied F-15/F-16 engines.
  • Combat Electronics Systems Squadron
Responsible for the development, testing, acquiring, fielding and sustainment of materiel capabilities for multiple Department of Defense and allied aircraft weapon systems.




  • Established as 77 Observation Group on 5 Feb 1942
Activated on 2 Mar 1942
Redesignated: 77 Reconnaissance Group on 2 Apr 1943
Redesignated: 77 Tactical Reconnaissance Group on 11 Aug 1943
Disestablished on 30 Nov 1943
  • Reestablished, and redesignated 77 Tactical Intelligence Wing, on 31 Jul 1985 (remained inactive)
  • Consolidated (16 Sep 1994) with 2852 Air Base Wing, which was established, and organized, on 1 Aug 1953.
Redesignated: 2852 Air Base Group on 16 Oct 1964
Redesignated: 652 Support Group on 1 Oct 1992
Redesignated: 652 Air Base Group on 1 Oct 1993
Redesignated: 77 Air Base Wing on 1 Oct 1994
Inactivated on 13 Jul 2001
  • Consolidated (23 June 2006) with Agile Combat Support Systems Wing, which was established on 23 Nov 2004
Activated on 18 Jan 2005
Redesignated: 77 Aeronautical Systems Wing on 14 July 2006.


Attached to III Ground Air [later, III Air] Support Command, 7 Sep 1942-5 Aug 1943


  • 5 Observation: 25 Jan-2 Apr 1943
  • 27 Observation (later, 27 Reconnaissance; 27 Tactical Reconnaissance): 17 Jul 1942-30 Nov 1943
  • 35 Photographic Reconnaissance: 11 Aug-30 Nov 1943 (detached 11 Aug-31 Oct 1943). 113 Observation (later, 113 Reconnaissance; 113 Tactical Reconnaissance): 12 Mar 1942-30 Nov 1943
  • 120 Observation (later, 120 Reconnaissance; 120 Tactical Reconnaissance): 12 Mar 1942-30 Nov 1943
  • 125 Observation (later, 125 Liaison): 12 Mar 1942-11 Aug 1943
  • 128 Observation (later, 21 Antisubmarine): 12 Mar 1942-8 Mar 1943 (detached 3 Jul-7 Sep 1942 and 15 Oct 1942-3 Mar 1943).




During World War II the 77th supported ground units in training by flying reconnaissance, artillery adjustment, fighter, and bomber missions, and in the process trained reconnaissance personnel who later served overseas. One squadron (113th) flew antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico from March until June 1942 when it was relieved by another squadron (128th). Still another squadron (120th) patrolled the Mexican border from March–July 1942. A detachment of the 77th served in India from February until July 1943. The 77th was deactivated in 1943.

The 77th was reactivated in 1985 and consolidated with the 2852nd Air Base Wing in 1994 to provide services and support for McClellan AFB with its satellite installations and the Sacramento Air Logistics Center with its tenant organizations (the 2852nd had been performing this duty since 1 August 1953 until the base was officially closed in 2001.

The 77th Aeronautical Systems Group moved from Brooks City-Base, San Antonio to Wright-Patterson AFB in mid 2009.[1]


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

  1. ^ Group increases Wright-Patt footprint, 5/8/2009, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

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