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Two 48th FIS F-106As escorting a C-141A in 1980.
The 48th Flying Training Squadron (48 FTS) is part of the 14th Flying Training Wing based at Columbus Air Force Basemarker, Mississippimarker. It operates T-1 Jayhawk aircraft conducting flight training.


The 48th constructed and maintained airfields and related facilities in Francemarker 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 Californiamarker coast then moved to Englandmarker 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 Floridamarker in 1962 during Cuban Missile Crisis. The 48th continued training and operational exercises until inactivation in 1991.

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.


  • 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

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

Aircraft Operated


  1. 48 FTS Page
  1. 48 FTS Page

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