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81st Flying Training Wing (World War II)

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Active  1943-1945
Type  Command and Control
Country  United States
Role  Training
81st Flying Training Wing (World War II)
Branch  United States Army Air Forces
Part of  Army Air Forces Training Command

The 81st Flying Training Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the Western Flying Training Command, and was disbanded on 1 November 1945 at the Santa Ana Army Air Base, California.


The squadron was a World War II Command and Control unit, its mission was to provide classification and preflight testing of aviation cadets. It was one of three such centers, the others being at Maxwell Field, Alabama and San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas.

There is no lineage between the current United States Air Force 81st Training Wing, established on 15 April 1948 at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, and this organization.


The mission of the wing was to provide both Classification and Preflight stage training to air cadets which had completed Training Command basic indoctrination training.

  • Classification Stage processed the cadet and issued him his equipment. This was the stage where it would be decided whether the cadet would train as a navigator, bombardier, or pilot.
  • Pre-Flight Stage taught the mechanics and physics of flight and required the cadets to pass courses in mathematics and the hard sciences. Then the cadets were taught to apply their knowledge practically by teaching them aeronautics, deflection shooting, and thinking in three dimensions. The 81st FTW was the only wing which proided preflight training of pilots, navigators and bombardiers
  • Once the cadet successfully completed the training at the center, they would be assigned to one of the AAF primary flight schools for initial flying training.


  • Established as 81st Flying Training Wing on 14 October 1943
  • Activated on 25 August 1943 Disbanded on 1 November 1945


  • Army Air Forces Western Flying Training Command, 25 August 1943 – 30 June 1945
  • Units

  • Army Air Forces Classification Center, 30 April 1942 – 1 May 1944
  • Army Air Forces Preflight School (Pilot), 30 April 1942 – 1 May 1944
  • 1040th Army Air Forces Base Unit, 1 May 1944 – 1 November 1945
  • Stations

  • Santa Ana Army Air Base, California, 25 August 1943 – 30 June 1945
  • References

    81st Flying Training Wing (World War II) Wikipedia

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