162nd FW History

Aircraft flown through the years:
1956-1957: F-86A Sabre
1957-1958: F-84F Thunderstreak
1958-1966: F-100A Super Sabre
1966-1969: F-102A Delta Dagger
1969-1976: F-100CD Super Sabre
1975-1987: A-7D Corsair II
1985-Present: F-16 Fighting Falcon
2014-2017: MQ-1 Predator
2017-Present: MQ-9 Reaper

The Early Years
The unit's history dates back to 1956 when the 152nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the Arizona Air National Guard flew the Korean War vintage F-86A. At that time the "base" consisted of an old adobe farmhouse and a dirt-floor hangar with enough space for three aircraft.

Fact Sheets

  • 162nd Maintenance Group

    The 162nd Maintenance Group in Tucson, Ariz., provides outstanding primary support functions for the largest fighter wing in the Air National Guard.  Guardsmen assigned to the group perform several levels of maintenance on F-16C/D and Mid-Life Update Fighting Falcons.The group applies the Air Force

  • 162nd Mission Support Group

    The 162nd Mission Support Group in Tucson, Arizona provides outstanding primary support functions for the largest full-time force in the Air National Guard. Encompassing a diversity of functions, the mission support group includes the civil engineers and fire department, communications, contracting,

  • 162nd Wing

    The Morris Air National Guard Base is home to the Air National Guard's premier F-16 fighter pilot training unit, the 162nd Wing.  It is one of the largest ANG wings in the country and resides next to the Tucson International Airport. The wing shares use of the runway, security and fire control with

  • 162nd Wing Safety - Mid-Air Collision Avoidance

    Welcome to the 162nd Fighter Wing Mid-Air Collision Avoidance page. The purpose of this site is to further enhance flight safety by increasing general aviation awareness of military jet training areas and missions throughout Southern Arizona. IntroductionThe 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard,

  • 214th Attack Group

    The 214th Attack Group employs the MQ-9 Reaper through remote split operations from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz and from Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz.  The unit also flies the RC-26 Condor aircraft from Tucson International Airport   The unit flies daily combat missions, providing

  • 21st Fighter Squadron

    The 21FS has a distinguished history and has been housed worldwide. The squadron was recently reactivated on 8 August 1996 at Luke AFB, Arizona, assigned to the 56th Operations Group, and was reassigned to the 162nd Wing at Morris Air National Guard Base, Arizona, on 30 September 2022.

  • Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center

    MissionConduct operational tests on behalf of the Air Reserve Component.VisionA small, total force team leading the effort to field low-cost, low risk, off-the-shelf improvements to Air Reserve Component (ARC) systems."It doesn't count until they're flying and sustaining it in the

  • Airman & Family Readiness Program

    The Airman & Family Readiness Program serves as a one-stop information and referral center for members as well as their families. One of its major functions is linkage --ensuring military personnel and their families are connected with the appropriate services on and off base. Call them for

  • F-16 Fighting Falcon

    MissionThe F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.FeaturesIn an air

  • MQ-9 Reaper Fact Sheet

    The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset. Given its significant loiter time, wide-range sensors, multi-mode communications