The 138th Fighter Wing is a fighter unit located at Tulsa Air National Guard Base at Tulsa International Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An Air National Guard unit operationally gained by the Air Combat Command, the Wing flies the F-16 Blk 42 fighter. The mission of the 138th Fighter Wing was one of the first Air National Guard units to be equipped with the LANTIRN system to be able to illuminate their own ground targets. At the time of conversion this unit was one of the most advanced within the Air National Guard. These system have been slowly replaced by the addition of more advance targeting pods like Lightening and Sniper XR.
They transit from Vought A-7D which has the OK tail code at the end of cold war. One of the 1st unit that experimented with Air Expeditionary organizations. The Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) concept was developed that would mix Active-Duty, Reserve and Air National Guard elements into a combined force. Instead of entire permanent units deploying as “Provisional” as in the 1991 Gulf War, Expeditionary units are composed of “aviation packages” from several wings, including active-duty Air Force, the Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard, would be married together to carry out the assigned deployment rotation.
Currently doing Air Intercept mission in Ellington Field and just deployed and return from Afghanistan, we are presenting some pic and footage of this unit’s Men, women and Equipment in Action. Please take note of some of the F-16 having live ammunition.
Pictures and Footage from Dave Chng and Bill Havel