127th Airlift Group

127th Air Refueling Group
127th Air Refueling Group - KC-135.jpg
A KC-135 Stratotanker lifts off at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., 4 November 2012.
Country United States
Allegiance United States
Branch United States Air Force
US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
RoleAir Refueling
Part ofAir Mobility Command
Michigan Air National Guard
Garrison/HQSelfridge ANGB, Michigan
Motto(s)We stand ready
Tail StripeBlack with "Michigan" in yellow
Aircraft flown
TankerKC-135 Stratotanker
171st Airlift Group C-130 Hercules
191st Fighter Group F-16A interceptor, 1991
F-4C in ADCOM interceptor liverly, 1980
191st Fighter-Interceptor Group F-106 Delta Dart, 1975

The 127th Air Refueling Group is a unit of the Michigan Air National Guard, assigned to the 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan.


Established in 1962 when the Michigan ANG 171st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron was expanded to a Group. Was primarily a training unit flying second-line RF-84F Thundersteak reconnaissance aircraft for Tactical Air Command, upgrading to the newer RF-101 Voodoo in 1971.

Reassigned to Aerospace Defense Command (ADCOM) in 1973, equipped with F-106 Delta Dart interceptors. Performed air defense duties of the Great Lakes and Detroit area until 1978 when ADCOM was merged into Tactical Air Command. Continued air defense mission for ADTAC component of TAC with F-4 Phantom IIs, transferring to First Air Force when ADTAC was replaced in 1985. Upgraded to F-16A Fighting Falcons in 1990.

Transferred to Air Mobility Command in 1993 when the group became a C-130 Hercules Tactical Airlift unit. Inactivated in April 1996 when the 127th Fighter Wing and 191st Airlift Group were merged due to the One-Base, One Wing policy. Reactivated in May 1999 as a group under the 127th Wing, operating the C-130 airlift element of the composite wing.

Inactivated in September 2007 with the realignment of Selfridge and transfer of the C-130s and the transition to the KC-135 Stratotanker due to BRAC 2005. The 191st Group was inactivated, however the 191st Operation Support Flight, 191st Maintenance Squadron, 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 191st Maintenance Operations Flight and the 171st Air Refueling Squadron were reassigned to the 127th Air Refueling Group, 127th Wing.


Re-designated: 191st Fighter-Interceptor Group, 1 January 1973
Re-designated: 191st Tactical Fighter Group, 1 June 1978
Re-designated: 191st Fighter Group, 16 March 1992
Re-designated: 191st Airlift Group, 15 July 1994
Inactivated: 1 April 1996
Re-designated: 127th Air Refueling Group, 30 September 2007,


Gained by: Tactical Air Command, 1 October 1962
Gained by: Aerospace Defense Command, 1 January 1973
Gained by: Tactical Air Command, 1 June 1978
Gained by: Air Combat Command, 1 June 1992
Gained by: Air Mobility Command, 1 October 1993





 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • 191st Airlift Group Lineage and History
  • Rogers, B. (2006). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. ISBN 1-85780-197-0

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