Samiksha Jaiswal (Editor)

64th Flying Training Wing

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Covid-19
Country  United States
Role  Pilot training
64th Flying Training Wing
Active  1952-1954; 1961–1963; 1966-1971; 1972-1997
Branch  United States Air Force
Decorations  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat V device Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

The 64th Flying Training Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last active at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, where it conducted pilot training for twenty-five years before it was inactivated in September 1997.

Contents

The wing was first activated in as the 64th Troop Carrier Wing in 1952 at Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, but was inactivated within two years. It was again active twice as an airlift unit in the 1960s. In 1972, Air Training Command replaced its four digit Major Command controlled flying training units with units whose heritage could be continued and the wing was activated at Reese, where it conducted pilot training until it was inactivated.

Airlift

The 64th performed airlift and airdrop/airlanding of troops and cargo, routinely and during frequent maneuvers, 1952–1953. It began phasing down for inactivation in mid-October 1953, at which time tactical operations passed to 63d Troop Carrier Wing. In February 1954, however, the wing began building up again in preparation for an overseas movement, but was inactivated instead.

The 64th was activated at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas in February 1961 with a troop carrier/airlift mission, plus resupply of Distant Early Warning Line sites on the Greenland ice cap. The wing was again inactivated on 1 January 1963.

It was reactivated and replaced Troop Carrier Wing Provisional, 4413th, in July 1966 at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee. The wing provided global airlift and aeromedical evacuation, July 1966 – May 1971. It also provided Lockheed C-130 Hercules combat crew training for other units from, 1 July 1966 – 6 March 1970, with this being the wing’s primary activity from 9 August 1968 to 6 March 1970. It was replaced at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, in May 1971 by 314th Tactical Airlift Wing.

Flying training

The 64th was renamed the 64th Flying Training Wing and replaced the 3500th Pilot Training Wing in October 1972, assuming the mission of undergraduate pilot training and operation and maintenance of Reese Air Force Base, Texas. It also supported Strategic Air Command's Accelerated Co-Pilot Enrichment Program through operating locations at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota]]; Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; and Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota from 1976 until 1991.

The 64th began specialized undergraduate pilot training in July 1992, using T–1A Jayhawk to prepare students for airlift tanker/transport training and the Northrop T-38 Talon aircraft for students in fighter/bomber track. Air Education and Training Command inactivated the wing on 30 September 1997 with the closure of Reese Air Force Base pursuant to Base Realignment and Closure Commission action.

Lineage

  • Established as the 64th Troop Carrier Wing, Medium on 3 July 1952
  • Activated on 14 July 1952 Inactivated on 21 July 1954 Activated on 24 October 1960 (not organized) Organized on 8 February 1961 Discontinued and inactivated, on 1 January 1963
  • Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Wing and activated on 7 March 1966 (not organized)
  • Organized on 1 July 1966 Redesignated 64th Tactical Airlift Wing on 1 May 1967 Inactivated on 31 May 1971
  • Redesignated 64th Flying Training Wing on 14 April 1972
  • Activated on 1 October 1972 Inactivated on 30 September 1997
  • Redesignated 64th Air Expeditionary Wing and converted to provisional status on 4 December 2001
  • Assignments

  • Eighteenth Air Force, 14 July 1952 - 21 July 1954 (attached to 63d Troop Carrier Wing, 15 October 1953 - 1 March 1954)
  • Tactical Air Command, 24 October 1960 (not organized)
  • Ninth Air Force, 8 February 1961
  • Twelfth Air Force, 1 January 1962 – 1 January 1963
  • Tactical Air Command, 7 March 1966 (not organized)
  • 839th Air Division, 1 July 1966
  • Twelfth Air Force, 9 March 1970 – 31 May 1971
  • Air Training Command (later Air Education and Training Command), 1 October 1972
  • Nineteenth Air Force, 1 July 1993 – 30 September 1997
  • Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate any time after 4 December 2001
  • Stations

  • Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, 14 July 1952 - 21 July 1954
  • Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, 1 January 1962 - 1 January 1963
  • Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 1 July 1966
  • Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, 9 March 1970 - 31 May 1971
  • Reese Air Force Base, Texas, 1 October 1972 - 30 September 1997
  • Components

    Groups

  • 64th Air Base Group (later 64th Support Group): 14 July 1952 – 21 July 1954, 9 March 1970 – 30 September 1997
  • 64th Maintenance & Supply Group (later 64th Logistics Group): 14 July 1952 – 21 July 1954
  • 64th Troop Carrier Group (later 64th Operations Group): 14 July 1952 – 21 July 1954, 15 May 1991 – 30 September 1997
  • 443d Troop Carrier Group: attached 8 January – 1 February 1953
  • 465th Troop Carrier Group: attached 1 February – 15 October 1953
  • Squadrons

  • 4th Liaison Squadron: attached 22 July 1952 – 23 January 1953
  • 7th Liaison Squadron: attached 20 October 1952 – 9 January 1953
  • 17th Troop Carrier Squadron: 8 February 1961 – 1 January 1963
  • 18th Troop Carrier Squadron: 8 January 1962 – 1 January 1963
  • 33d Flying Training Squadron: 11 May 1990 – 15 December 1991
  • 35th Flying Training Squadron: 1 October 1972 – 15 December 1991
  • 41st Flying Training Squadron: 10 January 1990 – 15 May 1991
  • 52d Flying Training Squadron: 11 May 1990 – 15 December 1991
  • 54th Flying Training Squadron: 1 October 1972 – 15 December 1991
  • 61st Troop Carrier Squadron (later 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron): 1 July 1966 – 31 May 1971 (detached 5 May – 14 August 1967; 28 March – 29 June 1968; 28 May – 7 July 1970, 12 October – 19 December 1970)
  • 62d Troop Carrier Squadron (later 62d Tactical Airlift Squadron): 1 July 1966 – 31 May 1971 (detached 13 December 1967 – c. 28 March 1968; 1 July – 2 October 1968; 5 November 1969 – 17 January 1970; 2 July – 31 August 1970; 2 April – 31 May 1971)
  • References

    64th Flying Training Wing Wikipedia


    Similar Topics
    Elizabeth of Ladymead
    Esther Bendahan
    Zion McKinney
    Topics
     
    B
    i
    Link
    H2
    L