33d Flying Training Wing (World War II)

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33d Flying Training Wing
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Locations of airfields controlled by the 33d Flying Training Wing
Active 1942-1946
Country  United States
Branch US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg  United States Army Air Forces
Type Command and Control
Role Training
Part of Army Air Forces Training Command

World War II

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    World War II American Theater

The 33d Flying Training Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the Central Flying Training Command, and was disbanded on 13 October 1946 at Randolph Field, Texas.

There is no lineage between the United States Air Force 33d Fighter Wing, established on 15 October 1947 at Roswell Army Airfield, New Mexico, and this organization.


The wing was a World War II Command and Control organization which supported Training Command Flight Schools in Central and Northern Texas and Oklaholma. The assigned schools provided phase III advanced two-engine flying training for Air Cadets, along with advanced B-25 Mitchell transition training for experienced pilots for reassignment to other flying units. Air Cadet graduates of the advanced schools were commissioned as Second Lieutenants, received their "wings" and were reassigned to Operational or Replacement Training Units operated by one of the four numbered air fores in the zone of interior.[1]

As training requirements changed during the war, schools were activated and inactivated or transferred to meet those requirements.[1]


  • Established as 33d Flying Training Wing on 17 December1942
Activated on 16 January 1943
Disbanded on 13 October 1946.[2]


  • AAF Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command), 16 January 1943 – 13 October 1946 [2]

Training aircraft[edit]

The schools of the wing used primarily the Beechcraft AT-7 and Cessna AT-17/UC-78 as their two-engine advanced trainer.

  • Curtiss-Wright AT-9 high performance two-engine trainers were also used for high-performance fighter training
  • Beechcraft AT-10s for two-engine bomber training.
  • North American B-25s were used for two-engine transition training
  • L-2, L-3, L-4, TG-5 and TG-6s were used for glider and liaison pilot training [1]

Assigned Schools[edit]


See also[edit]

  • Other Central Flying Training Command Flight Training Wings:
31st Flying Training Wing (World War II) Primary Flight Training
32d Flying Training Wing (World War II) Basic Flight Training
34th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Bombardier and Specialized Two/Four-Engine Training
77th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Advanced Flight Training, Single Engine
78th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Classifcation/Preflight Unit
80th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Navigation and Glider


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

  1. ^ a b c Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
  2. ^ a b c 33d Flying Training Wing, lineage and history document Air Force Historical Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  3. ^ www.accident-report.com: Altus Army Airfield
  4. ^ www.accident-report.com: Blackland Army Airfield
  5. ^ www.accident-report.com: Brooks Field
  6. ^ www.accident-report.com: Ellington Field
  7. ^ www.accident-report.com: Frederick Army Airfield
  8. ^ www.accident-report.com: Lubbock Army Airfield
  9. ^ www.accident-report.com: Pampa Army Airfield

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