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48th Flying Training Squadron [1]
48th Flying Training Squadron.jpg
48th Flying Training Squadron Patch
Active 4 August 1917 - 11 August 1919
1 August 1927 - 1 September 1931
1 August 1933 - 1 September 1936
15 January 1941 - 9 September 1945
20 November 1946 - 2 October 1949
1 November 1952 - 31 December 1991
1 July 1996 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type 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
Engagements World War I
World War II
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Two 48th FIS F-106As escorting a C-141A in 1980.
48 FTS T-1 Jayhawk Parked at Centennial Airport

The 48th Flying Training Squadron (48 FTS) is part of the 14th Flying Training Wing based at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. It operates T-1 Jayhawk aircraft conducting flight training.



The 48th constructed and maintained airfields and related facilities in France between 1917 and 1919. It trained aviation personnel from, 1927-1931 and 1933-1936. From 5 February-3 June 1942 it flew air defense patrols along California coast then moved to England in August 1942 and on to North Africa in November. The squadron flew combat in the European Theater of Operations and Mediterranean Theater of Operations from, 15 October 1942-1 May 1945 during which it escorted bombers, made fighter sweeps, supported advancing ground troops, and flew reconnaissance missions. The squadron performed air defense of the eastern United States from, 1946-1949 and after 1952. It deployed to Florida in 1962 during Cuban Missile Crisis. The 48th continued training and operational exercises until inactivation in 1991. [1]

Currently the squadron specializes in the tanker and airlift track of specialized undergraduate pilot training. Students receive at least 159 hours of flight instruction in the T-1 Jayhawk where they learn air refueling procedures, tactical navigation, airdrop, and advanced navigation. Upon completion of this phase, students earn the aeronautical rating of pilot and receive their Air Force wings. [2]



  • 48th Aero Squadron (1917 - 1918)
  • 435th Aero Squadron (1918)
  • 462d Aero Squadron (1918 - 1923)
  • 48th School Squadron (1923 - 1935)
  • 48th Pursuit Squadron (1935 - 1940)
  • 48th Pursuit Squadron (Fighter) (1940 - 1942)
  • 48th Fighter Squadron (1942 - 1952)
  • 48th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1952 - 1996)
  • 48th Flying Training Squadron (1996 - Present)


Bases stationed[1]

Operated From: Sicily (6 September-18 September 1943)

Aircraft Operated[1]


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