435th Fighter Training Squadron

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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
Role Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals
Part of Air Education and Training Command
19th Air Force
12th Flying Training Wing
12th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Randolph Air Force Base
Nickname(s) Deadly Black Eagles
Engagements World War II, Vietnam War
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Ruban de la croix de guerre 1939-1945.PNG FCdG w/ Palm
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
File:F-104Cs 435th TFS in flight Oct 1966.jpg
435th TFS F-104Cs over Southeast Asia, October 1966.
McDonnell F-4D-29-MC Phantom Serial Number 66-0234 of the 435th Tactical Fighter squadron with laser-guided bombs on a mission north. This aircraft survived the war and eventually was sent to AMARC for scrapping 29 September 1989
File:435th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-4D Phantom II.jpg
An F-4D-29-MC Phantom (s/n 66-0234) from the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, armed with two GBU-10s.

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)


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