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96th Flying Training Squadron

96th Flying Training Squadron [1]

96th Flying Training Squadron Patch
Active 9 February 1942 - 9 September 1945
12 April 1947 - 2 October 1949
1 November 1952 - 8 January 1958
1 February 1973 - 26 June 1992
1 April 1998 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Pilot Training
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
10th Air Force
340th Flying Training Group
Garrison/HQ Laughlin Air Force Base
Engagements World War II
Decorations AFOUA

The 96th Flying Training Squadron (96 FTS) is part of the 340th Flying Training Group and is the Reserve associate to the 47th Flying Training Wing based at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. It operates T-1 Jayhawk, T-6 Texan II, and T-38 Talon aircraft conducting flight training.


The 96th flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations and the Mediterranean Theater of Operations from, 25 December 1942-6 May 1945. The squadron also conducted fighter escort and air defense from, 1947–1949 and air defense from, 1952-1957. It has conducted jet pilot training from, 1973–1992 and Since April 1998.[1]



  • 96th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (1942)
  • 96th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (Twin Engine) (1942)
  • 96th Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) (1942–1944)
  • 96th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine (1942–1947)
  • 96th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine (1947–1952)
  • 96th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1952–1972)
  • 96th Flying Training Squadron (1972–Present)


Bases stationed[1]

Aircraft Operated[1]


  • A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization 1946 - 1980, by Lloyd H. Cornett and Mildred W. Johnson, Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Maurer, Maurer. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1982.
  • USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).

External links

  • USAF 96th Flying Training Squadron History

See also

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