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77th Flying Training Wing

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Active  1943-1946
Type  Command and Control
Country  United States
Role  Training
77th Flying Training Wing
Branch  United States Army Air Forces
Part of  Army Air Forces Training Command

The 77th Flying Training Wing was a wing of the United States Army Air Forces. It was assigned to the Central Flying Training Command, and was based in Texas between 1943 and its disbandment on 16 June 1946.

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There is no lineage between the United States Air Force 77th Aeronautical Systems Wing, established on 5 February 1942 as the 77th Observation Group at Salinas Army Air Base, California, and this organization.

History

On 14 August 1943, the wing was established at Foster Army Airfield, Texas. It directed Flight Schools in South Texas. The schools provided phase III advanced flying training for Air Cadets, along with advanced single-engine transition training for experienced pilots for reassignment to other flying units. Air Cadet graduates of the advanced schools were commissioned as Second Lieutenants, received their "wings" and were reassigned to First Air Force, Second Air Force, Third Air Force, or Fourth Air Force operational or Replacement Training Units in the Zone of the Interior (the continental United States).

As training requirements changed during the war, schools were activated and inactivated or transferred to meet those requirements. The wing headquarters was moved to Bryan Army Airfield in March 1945, and disbanded there in June 1946.

Lineage

  • Established as 77th Flying Training Wing on 14 August 1943
  • Activated on 25 August 1943 Disbanded on 16 June 1946 .

    Assignments

  • Army Air Forces Central Flying Training Command, 25 August 1943 – 16 June 1946
  • Training aircraft

    The schools of the wing used primarily the North American AT-6 as their single-engine advanced trainer. Also some Bell P-39s, Curtiss P-40s and North American P-51s were used for transition training. :

    Stations

  • Foster Army Airfield, Texas, 25 August 1943
  • Bryan Army Air Base, Texas, 26 March 1945 – 16 June 1946
  • References

    77th Flying Training Wing Wikipedia


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