North Dakota Air National Guard

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The North Dakota Air National Guard’s (NDANG) 119th Wing boasts an illustrious 60-year history of flying fighters. The NDANG can trace its roots back to the 392nd Fighter Squadron, which fell under the 367th Fighter Group. Many of its charter members began their careers in the Army Air Corps during World War II and brought their expertise and experience to their home station unit in Fargo, North Dakota. People like Alexander Macdonald had a hand in nearly every success from 1950 through the F-16 years as a pilot, commander, adjutant general, and then as a civilian advocate. Duane “Pappy” Larson is credited with being the namesake for the unit nickname “The Happy Hooligans.” The 119th unit’s history is a story about the people who achieved unprecedented accomplishments within the Air National Guard and, sometimes, even among the active duty US Air Force.
ISBN: 9781467109437
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Dakota
Series: Images of Aviation
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David Lipp, a retired chief master sergeant, spent his entire 33-year career in the NDANG. He has won over 60 national US military awards in photography, videography, and writing and took many of the photographs in this book. Maxwell Sabin is the curator at the Fargo Air Museum in Fargo, North Dakota. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University with degrees in public history and English.
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