39th Flying Training Squadron

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39th Flying Training Squadron [1]
39th Flying Training Squadron Patch
Active 1 February 1940 - 8 December 1957
15 October 1969 - 15 March 1974
1 July 1977 - 11 May 1984
2 April 1990 - 15 December 1991
8 September 1993 - 1 September 1999
2 April 2001 - 21 July 2007
12 September 2007 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Pilot Training
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg PPUC
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg ROK PUC
File:39th Test Squadron - General Dynamics F-16B Block 1 Fighting Falcon - 78-0097.jpg
General Dynamics F-16B Block 1 Fighting Falcon - 78-0097 when assigned to the 39th TS at Eglin AFB, about 1995. The oldest active F-16 in the USAF inventory, originally delivered to the 388th TFW, Hill AFB in 1979
File:General Dynamics F-16B Block 1 Fighting Falcon - 78-0097 Expended.jpg
Above aircraft being expended on August 19th 2010 on the Eglin AFB range testing validity of the QF-16 target program
File:39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-86D 52-4038 Yokota Air Base.jpg
F-86D Sabre Interceptor 52-4038 at Yokota Air Base, 1955
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Emblem of the 4417th Combat Crew Training Squadron

The 39th Flying Training Squadron (39 FTS) is part of the 340th Flying Training Group and is the reserve associate to the 12th Flying Training Wing based at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.


It operates the T-6 Texan II, T-1A Jayhawk and T-38 Talon aircraft conducting Pilot Instructor Training.


Activated by Northeast Air District (later First Air Force) as a P-40 Warhawk pursuit squadron, assigned to Selfridge Field, Michigan. Moved to Baer Field, Indiana during the summer of 1941. Deployed to the Pacific Northwest after the Pearl Harbor Attack and flew Antisubmarine patrols off the coast of Washington from, c. 15 December 1941-c. 15 January 1942.

Re-equipped with long-range P-38 Lightnings and deployed to Fifth Air Force in Australia, June 1942. Engaged in combat operations against the Japanese in the Lightning, but became the second Pacific Theater Fighter Group to convert to the P-47 in late 1943. Conducted combat operations in the P-47 Thunderbolt from late 1943 through Spring 1945. Participated in offensives in the Netherlands East Indies, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Philippines and the Battle of Okinawa.

Re-equipped with P-51 Mustangs and moved to Japan as part of the Army of Occupation, September 1945, remaining as part of the Far East Air Forces air defense mission throughout the postwar era. Engaged in combat, June 1950, during the initial actions of the Korean War. Re-equipped with F-80 Shooting Star jets, fighting air-to-air combat against communist aircraft and engaging in ground support missions supporting United Nations Forces, 1950-1953. Returned to Japan after the 1953 armistice and upgraded to the purpose-built F-94 Starfire interceptor flying air defense missions. Inactivated 1957 due to budget restraints.

Reactivated by Tactical Air Command in 1969 at Shaw AFB, South Carolina. Equipped with reconnaissance and electronic warfare versions of the B-66 Destroyer and trained tactical reconnaissance and electronic warfare crews from, 1969–1974 when the B-66 was retired. Moved to George AFB, California and equipped with F-4E Phantom IIs. Trained Wild Weasel aircrews in SAM suppression tactics from, 1977-1984. Inactivated when the F-4 was retired.

Re-activated by Air Training Command as an UPT squadron with T-38s, 1990-1991. Transferred to Air Force Material Command, 1993 as a flight test squadron on various weapons systems from 1993-1999, then went back to AETC providing flying training from 2001 onwards.[1]


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39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Emblem
  • Constituted 39th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 22 Dec 1939
Activated on 1 Feb 1940
Redesignated: 39th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942
Redesignated: 39th Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) on 27 Oct 1942
Redesignated: 39th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 19 Feb 1944
Redesignated: 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 20 Jan 1950
Inactivated on 8 Dec 1957
  • Redesignated 39th Tactical Reconnaissance Training Squadron on 18 Aug 1969
Organized on 15 October 1969, assuming personnel and equipment of 4417th Combat Crew Training Squadron
Redesignated 39th Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron on 15 Feb 1970[note 1]
Inactivated on 15 Mar 1974
  • Redesignated 39th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on 1 Jun 1977
Activated on 1 Jul 1977
Redesignated 39th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 9 Oct 1980
Inactivated on 11 May 1984
  • Redesignated 39th Flying Training Squadron on 9 Feb 1990
Activated on 2 Apr 1990
Inactivated on 15 Dec 1991
  • Redesignated 39th Test Squadron on 31 Aug 1993
Activated on 8 Sep 1993
Redesignated 39th Flight Test Squadron on 15 Mar 1994
Inactivated on 1 Sep 1999
  • Redesignated 39th Flying Training Squadron on 30 Sep 1999
Activated in the Reserve on 2 Apr 2001.



Attached to: 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing, 7 May 1951-1 Jun 1952
Attached to: 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 1 Jun 1952-14 Jul 1954
Attached to: 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 April 1969 – 31 December 1971



Rogers (Rarona) Airfield (30 Mile Drome)
Schwimmer Airfield (14 Mile Drome)






See also



Explanatory notes

  1. The 39th Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron is not related to the 39th Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, which was constituted on 18 March 1969 and activated 1 April 1969 at Spangdahlem Air Base, and inactivated 1 January 1973.



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