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50th Flying Training Squadron

50th Flying Training Squadron [1]

50th Flying Training Squadron Patch
Active 15 January 1941 - 9 August 1944
12 June 1947 - 27 June 1949
1 June 1972 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Undergraduate 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
Nickname Strikin' Snakes
Engagements World War II
Decorations AFOUA
Lt Col Jason "Opus" Settle

The 50th Flying Training Squadron (50 FTS) is part of the 14th Flying Training Wing based at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. It operates T-38C Talon aircraft conducting flight training.


Training Combat Pilots for America

The advanced phase of undergraduate pilot training is conducted by the 50th Flying Training Squadron. This phase consists of 110.8 hours of academic instruction, 70 hours of ground training, 38 hours of simulator instruction, and 69 sorties comprising 81.1 hours of flight instruction in the Northrop T-38C. Training includes advanced aircraft handling, tactical navigation, fluid maneuvering and an increased emphasis in two- and four-ship formation. At the completion of training, the graduate is awarded the aeronautical rating of pilot.


The 50th flew patrols on the West Coast of the United States from, February–June 1942 then provided air defense of Iceland from August 1942-February 1944. It was not operational between, February 1944 and its inactivation in August 1944. The squadron has conducted undergraduate pilot training since, 1 June 1972.[1]



  • 50th Pursuit Squadron (Fighter) (1940–1942)
  • 50th Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) (1942–1944)
  • 50th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine (1944–1947)
  • 50th Fighter Squadron (All Weather) (1947–1972)
  • 50th Flying Training Squadron (1972–Present)


Bases stationed[1]

Aircraft Operated[1]

See also

50 FTS Performing Atlanta Braves Opening Day Flyover




  • 50th Flying Training Squadron History
  • 50th Flying Training Squadron Website

External links

Columbus AFB Public Site:

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