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37th Flying Training Squadron

37th Flying Training Squadron [1]

37th Flying Training Squadron Patch
Active 1941-1960; 1972-present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Pilot Training
Part of Air Education and Training Command
19th Air Force
14th Flying Training Wing
14th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Columbus Air Force Base
Engagements World War II
Decorations AFOUA



The 37th Flying Training Squadron (37 FTS) is part of the 14th Flying Training Wing based at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. It operates T-6 Texan II aircraft conducting flight training.

Mission

Forging Military Pilots, Honing Warrior Leaders.

The 37th Flying Training Squadron conducts primary flight training in the T-6 Texan II. Seated with an instructor, each student receives about 81 hours of training in this aircraft. Students learn basic aircraft characteristics and control, takeoff and landing techniques, aerobatics, and night, instrument and formation flying. The 37th Flying Training Squadron is currently commanded by Lt Col Cheryl Ingber.

History

The 37th conducted air defense in the northwestern U.S. between 7 and 24 December 1941 then went on to fly combat missions in the European Theater of Operations and the Mediterranean Theater of Operations from, 6 May 1943-4 May 1945. The squadron again conducted U.S. air defense of the northeast coast from, 1946–1949 and 1952-1960. It has provided undergraduate Pilot Training since 1 June 1972.[1]

Lineage

  • Constituted 37th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 20 November 1940
Activated on 15 January 1941
Redesignated 37th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942
Inactivated on 9 September 1945
  • Activated on 20 November 1946
Inactivated on 2 October 1949
  • Redesignated 37th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 11 September 1952
Activated on 1 November 1952
Discontinued on 1 May 1960.
  • Redesignated 37th Flying Training Squadron on 22 March 1972
Activated on 1 June 1972.

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Assignments

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Stations

Operated from Paine Field, Washington, 7–24 December 1941
Operated from Corsica, 10–21 August 1944

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Aircraft

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References

  • 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.
  • 37th Flying Training Squadron History
  • 37th Flying Training Squadron Website

See also

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