March 5, 1913 was the date America’s first flying squadron established itself in Texas City, Texas. Known then as the 1st Aero Squadron, one of their first missions was to track down Pancho Villa who had recently killed eight U.S. Soldiers and 10 American civilians in New Mexico. Since then the squadron who’s name has changed multiples times, has piloted 47 different planes and served in more than 50 locations throughout the world. “The legacy of the 1st Recon Squadron is a microcosm of the legacy of the Air Force,” – “It was the organization that pioneered the first tactical deployment of U.S. military airpower, and it helped create some of our early leaders that had an impact on the Air Service and later the Air Corps,” said Richard Rodrigues, the 9th RW historian. Today the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, a part of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville, Calif., is part of high altitude reconnaissance with the RQ-4 Global Hawk drones.
More can be read about the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron over at Airman Magazine.