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America’s first Air National Guard unit receives new inventory 
By Army Maj. Adam Morgan, Colorado National Guard Historian 
P-51 Mustangs 

P-51 Mustangs line the runway at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, circa 1946. (CONG archives)

On Nov. 24, 1946, the newly federally recognized Colorado Air National Guard received a fleet of P-51s for use by the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

The 120th was the first federally-recognized Air Guard unit, receiving this distinction June 30, 1946 – just after World War II. This preceded the Air Force, which was established in September 1947, therefore, the Colorado Air National Guard is older than the U.S. Air Force.

The P-51D Mustang was a fast, inexpensive, well-made, and highly durable aircraft armed with six .50-caliber M2 Browning machine guns, and was powered by a supercharged version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.

11/21/2015