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414th Combat Training Squadron
Emblem of the 414th Combat Training Squadron
Active 1944–1945, 1976–Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Night Fighter Operations (World War II)
Combat Training
Part of 57th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Nellis AFB, Nevada
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European Campaign (1944–1945)

The 414th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) is a United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

The 414 CTS is charged with hosting Red Flag - NELLIS (RF-N) exercises, Air Combat Command's premier and largest Large Force Exercise (LFE).



Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. It is conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges at Nellis AFB, Nev. It is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the Air Warfare Center and Nellis.

The 414 CTS coordinates the F-16 Fighting Falcons flown by the 64th Aggressor Squadron and F-15 Eagles flown by the 65th Aggressor Squadron and the ground based air defenses operated by the 507th Air Defense Aggressor Squadron.




  • Constituted as 414th Night Fighter Squadron on January 21, 1943
Activated on January 26, 1943
Inactivated on September 1, 1947
  • Redesignated: 414th Fighter Weapons Squadron on August 22, 1969
Reactivated on: October 15, 1969
Inactivated on : December 30, 1981
  • Redesignated: 414th Composite Training Squadron and reactivated on November 1, 1991
Redesignated: 414th Training Squadron on January 15, 1993
Redesignated: 414th Combat Training Squadron on July 1, 1994.


Air echelon attached to VIII Fighter Command, March 31 – July 2, 1943
Attached to Northwest African Coastal Air Force, May 11–29, 1943
2d Air Defense (later 63d Fighter) Wing, May 29, 1943
62d Fighter Wing, September 21, 1944
Detachment attached to 422d Night Fighter Squadron, January 27 – April 23, 1945
XXII Tactical Air Command, April 1, 1945
Not operational, June 7, 1945 – August 26, 1946


Air echelon in England, March 31 – July 16, 1943
Detachment operated from: Protville Airfield, Tunisia, July 23–29, 1943
Detachment operated from: Ghisonaccia Airfield, Corsica, January 9 – February 4, 1944 and March 20 – July 1944
Detachment operated from: Borgo Airfield, Corsica, February 5 – July 1944
Detachment operated from: Alghero Airfield, Sardinia, May 11 – June 22, 1944
Detachment operated from: Florennes-Juzaine Airfield (A-78), Belgium, January 27 – c. April 3, 1945
Detachment operated from: Fliegerhorst Strossfeld, Germany, c. April 3 – April 23, 1945


World War II

Combat in MTO and ETO, July 24, 1943 – April 29, 1945. Not operational , June 1945 – August 1946.

Modern Era

Redesignated as the 414th Fighter Weapons Squadron on August 22, 1969, the squadron reactivated on October 15, 1969 at Nellis AFB, NV. Assigned to the 57th Fighter Weapons (later, 57th Tactical Training; 57th Fighter Weapons) Wing, the 414th was tasked with combat crew training, using the F-4 aircraft. The squadron inactivated on December 30, 1981.

The 414 CTS assumed the duties of the 4440th Tactical Fighter Training Group (Red Flag) on March 1, 1976. The 414 CTS currently organizes and conducts RF-N exercises on the Nevada Test and Training Range, using units from the 57th Adversary Tactics Group to present the most realistic and challenging threat scenario possible. The squadron was redesignated as the 414th Composite Training Squadron, and activated, on November 1, 1991 at Nellis AFB. Assigned to the 57th Wing's Operations Group, and flying the F-16, the squadron was tasked with conducting Red Flag exercises.


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Northrop P-61 Black Widow--The Complete History and Combat Record, Garry R. Pape, John M. Campbell and Donna Campbell, Motorbooks International, 1991.
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975
  • 414th combat Training Squadron at

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