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80th Flying Training Wing (World War II)

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Active  1943-1946
Type  Command and Control
Country  United States
Role  Training
80th Flying Training Wing (World War II)
Branch  United States Army Air Forces
Part of  Army Air Forces Training Command

The 80th Flying Training Wing was a training wing of the United States Army Air Forces. It was last assigned to the Central Flying Training Command, and was disbanded on 16 June 1946 at Ellington Field, Texas.

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There is no lineage between the United States Air Force 80th Flying Training Wing, established on 13 January 1942 as the 80th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) at Selfridge Field, Michigan and this organization.

History

The wing controlled three navigation schools in Texas, and also supported the AAF Glider Pilot School at South Plains. After graduation Air Cadets were commissioned as Second Lieutenants, received their "wings" and were reassigned to Operational or Replacement Training Units operated by one of the four numbered air fores in the zone of interior.

Lineage

  • Established as 80th 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 Beechcraft AT-7s for navigation training. Glider training focused on the Waco CG-4A, along with various tow planes to get the gliders airborne.

    Stations

  • San Marcos Army Airfield, Texas, 25 August 1943
  • Ellington Field, Texas, 1 January 1945 – 16 June 1946
  • References

    80th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Wikipedia


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