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97th Flying Training Squadron

97th Flying Training Squadron [1]

97th Flying Training Squadron Patch
Active 9 February 1942 - 9 September 1945
12 April 1947 - 2 October 1949
1 December 1950 - 8 January 1958
1 February 1973 - 1 April 1993
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 Sheppard Air Force Base
Decorations AFOUA


The 97th Flying Training Squadron (97 FTS) is part of the 340th Flying Training Group and is the Reserve associate to the 80th Flying Training Wing based at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. It operates T-6A Texan II and T-38 Talon aircraft conducting flight training.

History

The 97th flew combat in the European Theater of Operations and the Mediterranean Theater of Operations between 25 December 1942 and 3 May 1945. It flew fighter escort and air defense from, 1947–1949 and air defense from, 1951-1957. The 97th has trained USAF pilots to fly supersonic jet aircraft from, 1973–1993 and since 1998.[1]

Operations[1]

Lineage[1]

  • 97th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (1942)
  • 97th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (Twin Engine) (1942)
  • 97th Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) (1942–1944)
  • 97th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine (1942–1947)
  • 97th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine (1947–1950)
  • 97th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1950–1972)
  • 97th Flying Training Squadron (1972–Present)

Assignments[1]

Bases stationed[1]

Operated From: Gerbini Airfield, Sicily (6–18 September 1943)

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Aircraft Operated[1]

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.
  • USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).

External links

  • USAF 97th Flying Training Squadron History
  • 80th Flying Training Wing Heritage Pamphlet
  • Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program Fact Sheet

See also

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