12th Flying Training Wing (12 FTW)
Mission of the 12th Flying Training Wing
The mission of the 12th Flying Training Wing (12 FTW) is to provide essential jet fighter training to Air Force pilot instructors and combat systems officers, and it is the only unit to provide this dual training. Once trained, pilots become flight instructors for Air Force pilots at other bases under the AETC. The 12th Flying Training Wing is assigned to the 19th Air Force at Randolph AFB, Texas.
History of the 12 FTW
The 12 FTW began as the 12th Fighter Escort Wing (12 FEW) at Turner AFB, Georgia in 1950. Assigned to the 2nd Air Force, the 12 FEW served as a fighter escort wing for B-50 and B-36 bombers and was soon relocated to Bergstrom AFB, Texas. In 1953, the 12 FEW became the 12th Strategic Fighter Wing (12 SFW) and was deployed to Japan for air defense. Later, the wing was again redesignated as the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, and in 1962 was given the mission to prepare for global tactical deployments. The 12 TFW flew thousands of missions from Cam Ranh Bay Air Base and Phu Cat Air Base during the Vietnam War and operated both the McDonnell F-110A Spectre and the F-4C Phantom II. The unit was deactivated in 1971 after being retired from combat missions, replaced the 3510 FTW at Randolph AFB, Texas in 1972, and took over the training of pilot instructors.
12th Flying Training Wing
The 12 FTW falls under the umbrella of the Air Education and Training Command and is assigned to the 19th Air Force (19 AF). It is the parent to the 479th Flying Training Group (479 FTG) and the 12th Operations Group (12 OG). Although the 479 FTG and the 12 OG share a common interest, they are separated geographically. The 12 OG is located at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas and the 479 FTG is located at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The 12th Flying Training Wing currently provides pilot instructor training in four jet trainers: the Raytheon-Beech T-6A Texan II, the Cessna T-37 Tweet (phased out), the Beech T-1A Jayhawk, and the Northrop T-38 Talon.
Assignment to the 12 FTW
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