435th Flying Training Squadron

435th Flying Training Squadron [1]

435th Fighter Training Squadron Patch
Active 15 October 1943 - 15 December 1945
1 December 1952 - 8 August 1974
1 January 1977 - 19 February 1991
12 May 1993 - 1 April 1997
14 May 1998 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Pilot Training
Part of Air Education and Training Command
19th Air Force
12th Flying Training Wing
12th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Randolph Air Force Base
Decorations RVGC w/ Palm

The 435th Fighter Training Squadron (435 FTS) is part of the 12th Flying Training Wing based at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. It operates Northrop AT-38 Talon aircraft conducting flight training.


The 435 FTS conducts initial instructor and student flying training for over 130 U.S. Air Force and international pilots and Weapon System Operators annually in Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals. The squadron develops students' proficiency, confidence, discipline, judgment, and situational awareness of basic fighter employment. Additionally, the squadron deploys to support fighter syllabus/operational training requirements for Dissimilar Air Combat Training.[2]


The 435th flew air defense prior to overseas duty then flew combat in the European Theater of Operations from, 26 May 1944-25 April 1945. It conducted air defense in Southeast Asia from, 12 October-20 December 1965 and combat sorties from, July 1966-15 August 1973. The squadron trained fighter pilots and weapon systems officers between January 1977 and February 1991. It conducted training for Taiwan Air Force pilots from, May 1993-c. 31 Dec 1995 and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals training for international students from, 1998-2004.[1]



  • 435th Fighter Squadron (Two Engine) (1943–1944)
  • 435th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine (1944–1952)
  • 435th Fighter-Bomber Squadron (1952–1954)
  • 435th Fighter-Day Squadron (1954–1958)
  • 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron (1958–1976)
  • 435th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (1976–1993)
  • 435th Fighter Squadron (1993–1998)
  • 435th Flying Training Squadron (1998–2003)
  • 435th Fighter Training Squadron (2007–Present)


Bases stationed[1]

Aircraft Operated[1]

See also




External links

  • USAF 435th Fighter Training Squadron History
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