3235th Drone Squadron

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3235th Drone Squadron
Active 1953-1957
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Drone operations

The 3235th Drone Squadron is an discontinued United States Air Force unit. It was last active with the 3205th Drone Group, based at NAS Point Mugu, California. It was discontinued on 1 January 1957.


Organized as "Detachment 2", 3201st Air Base Support Squadron, on 26 April 1950, Mission was to maintain and operate provide services and material to support operations of aviation activities and units. Operated QB/DB-17 Flying Fortress drone/director aircraft drones as flying targets for the Naval Point Mugu developmental and evaluation tests.

The unmanned B-17 drones were guided by pilots flying in motherhship B-17s and the drone aircraft were used as target practice by fighter jets using missiles. Since the missiles they used were without warheads the drones, when hit, were guided back to the ground. They were then repaired and reused for other missions, including ground to air attacks.

Inactivated in 1957 with the end of the B-17 target drone program.


  • Organized as 3235th Drone Squadron on 1 July 1953
Discontinued on 1 January 1957





 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • E-mail communication, AFHRA, Lineage and Honors History, 3225th Drone Squadron, 10 August 2012

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