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50th Flying Training Squadron

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Country  United States
50th Flying Training Squadron
Active  15 January 1941 - 9 August 1944 12 June 1947 - 27 June 1949 1 June 1972 - Present
Branch  United States Air Force
Type  Undergraduate Pilot Training
Part of  Air Education and Training Command 19th Air Force 14th Flying Training Wing 14th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ  Columbus Air Force Base

The 50th Flying Training Squadron (50 FTS) is part of the 14th Flying Training Wing based at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. It operates T-38C Talon aircraft conducting flight training.



Training Combat Pilots for America

The advanced phase of undergraduate pilot training is conducted by the 50th Flying Training Squadron. This phase consists of 101.69 hours of academic instruction, 69 hours of ground training, 36.9 hours of simulator instruction, and 69 sorties comprising 96.9 hours of flight instruction in the Northrop T-38C. Training includes advanced aircraft handling, tactical navigation, fluid maneuvering and an increased emphasis in two- and four-ship formation. At the completion of training, the graduate is awarded the aeronautical rating of pilot.


The 50th flew patrols on the West Coast of the United States from, February–June 1942 then provided air defense of Iceland from August 1942-February 1944. It was not operational between, February 1944 and its inactivation in August 1944. The squadron has conducted undergraduate pilot training since, 1 June 1972.


  • World War II
  • Lineage

  • 50th Pursuit Squadron (Fighter) (1940–1942)
  • 50th Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) (1942–1944)
  • 50th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine (1944–1947)
  • 50th Fighter Squadron (All Weather) (1947–1972)
  • 50th Flying Training Squadron (1972–Present)
  • Assignments

  • 14th Fighter Group (1941–1942)
  • 342d Composite Group (1942–1944)
  • Eighth Air Force (1944)
  • Attached: 802d Reconnaissance Group (Provisional) (March-9 August 1944)
  • Second Air Force (1947)
  • 381st Bombardment Group (1947–1949)
  • 14th Flying Training Wing (1972–Present)
  • Aircraft Operated

  • P-40 Warhawk (1941–1942)
  • P-38 Lightning (1942–1944)
  • AT-6 Texan (1947–1949)
  • T-38A Talon (1972–2003)
  • T-38C Talon (2002–Present)
  • References

    50th Flying Training Squadron Wikipedia

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