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50th Flying Training Squadron [1]
50th Flying Training Squadron.jpg
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(s) Strikin' Snakes
Engagements World War II
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col Jason "Opus" Settle

Lockheed P-38F-5-LO Lightning 42-12596 of the 50th Fighter Squadron in Iceland, 1942

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.

Mission[edit | edit source]

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.

History[edit | edit source]

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]

Operations[1][edit | edit source]

Lineage[1][edit | edit source]

  • 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)

Assignments[1][edit | edit source]

Bases stationed[1][edit | edit source]

Aircraft Operated[1][edit | edit source]

Northrop T-38A formation from the 50th Flying Training Squadron. 66-4327, 68-8162 and 68-8187 identifiable.

See also[edit | edit source]

50 FTS Performing Atlanta Braves Opening Day Flyover

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Bibliography[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Columbus AFB Public Site:



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