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 U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet


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The 12th Flying Training Wing is the Source of America's Airpower, delivering unrivaled airpower leaders for the future of the U.S. Air Force. The wing, which is headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, consists of threeflying groups and a maintenance directorate spanning more than 1,600miles. The 12th FTW is responsible for four single-source aviation pipelines. These pipelines include combat systems officer training, pilot instructor training, as well as remotely piloted aircraft pilot indoctrination and basic sensor operator qualification. The wing manages all airmanship programs for the U.S. Air Force Academy and serves as the single screening point for all hopeful aviators to include pilots, RPA pilots and CSOs.  The wing also hosts the introduction to fighter fundamentals program as well as conducts electronic warfare training for the U.S. Air Force and multi-national forces.Each year, the wing graduates more than 850 instructor pilots, 350 combat systems officers, 500 remotely piloted aircraft pilots and sensor operators, and trains more than 2,500 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets and 2,200 undergraduate flight training candidates.  

12th Operations Group 

The 12th Operations Group conducts training in three different aircraft. The group contains one support squadron and five flying squadrons. The unit's missions include pilot instructor training, introduction to fighter fundamentals student and instructor pilot training, weapons systems officer training, and remotely piloted aircraft pilot and basic ensor operator training. 

12th Operations Support Squadron

The 12th Operations Support Squadron is responsible for pilot instructor training and introduction to fighter fundamentals academic and simulator training, scheduling, air traffic control, airfield management, flight records, registrar, weather, airspace management, international training and aircrew flight equipment for all 12th OG training.

99th Flying Training Squadron

The 99th Flying Training Squadron is the Department of Defense's sole provider for T-1A pilot instructor training. Additionally, the squadron provides initial qualification training for instructor combat systems officers. The squadron flies 8,700 hours annually in a fleet of 17 T-1A aircraft and trains more than 130 U.S. Air Force, civilian pilots and CSOs annually to supply instructors for Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Undergraduate CSO Training for the Air Force. Instructor pilots trained here will later instruct students in JSUPT who are destined for tanker, mobility, and reconnaissance aircraft.  ICSOs trained here will instruct students who will support missions in a variety of aircraft as Combat Systems Officers.

435th Fighter Training Squadron

The 435th Fighter Training Squadron conducts Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals student training in the T-38C Talon aircraft and trains IFF instructors for AETC at large. After graduating from either undergraduate pilot training or undergraduate combat systems officer training, pilots and CSOs go through the 435th's 10-week program to prepare them for follow on assignments in the Combat Air Forces' F-15E, F-16, A-10, F-22, or F-15C aircraft. The syllabus is tailored toward the student's followon formal training unit and includes training in basic fighter maneuvers as well as basic surface attack and low level navigation.

558th Flying Training Squadron

The 558th Flying Training Squadron is the home of the Air Force's only undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training program providing three distinct courses for officer and enlisted aircrew: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Instrument Qualification Course, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Fundamentals Course, and the Basic Sensor Operator Course. Graduates of this training move on to formal training units at Holloman AFB, N.M. or Beale AFB, Calif. The squadron also has a military training flight which is responsible for the oversight and mentorship of non-prior service enlisted Airmen.

559th Flying Training SquadronThe 559th Flying Training Squadron provides T-6A Pilot Instructor Training for Joint Primary Pilot Training and CSO training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.  The squadron flies more than 18,000 hours annually in a fleet of 38 T-6A aircraft and qualifies more than 225 U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine and allied pilots annually.

560th Flying Training Squadron

The 560th Flying Training Squadron qualifies fighter and bomber pilots as instructor pilots in the T-38C Talon. The squadron executes 13 syllabi to train Air Force instructor pilots, Air Force and U.S. Navy test pilot school candidates, allied nation fighter and instructor pilots, and Air Force pilots identified for transition to fighter aircraft. The squadron currently flies a total of 9,700 hours annually in a fleet of 39 aircraft and produces an average of 132 graduates per year.

306th Flying Training Group

The 306th Flying Training Group, located at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., provides management and oversight of USAFA airmanship programs involving 2,500 cadets annually and of the U.S. Air Force Initial Flight Screening program involving approximately 2,200 undergraduate flight training candidates annually. The group ensures powered flight, soaring and parachuting courses contribute measurably to the leadership and character development of cadets.  Additionally, the group ensures quality flight screening and identifies those officers with the ability to succeed in follow-on undergraduate flight training.

306thOperations Support Squadron

The 306th OSS provides operations support for the U.S. Air Force Academy’s airmanship programs, as well as the Academy’s airfield. The squadron manages all aerial events, airfield operations, airspace issues, aircrew flight equipment, as well as tours and orientation rides. The 306th OSS is also the representative of the cadet remotely piloted aircraft program.

For more information on these units, please follow this link to the full sheet on the 12 FTW

1st Flying Training Squadron

94th Flying Training Squadron

98th Flying Training Squadron

557th Flying Training Squadron

479th Flying Training Group

The 479th Flying Training Group, located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., is the U.S. Air Force's only training pipeline for combat systems officers.

The 479th Operations Support Squadron,

(Current as of October 2012)

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