460th Fighter-Interceptor Training Squadron

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460th Fighter-Interceptor Training Squadron
460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron-ADC-White-1970s.jpg
460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-106 Delta Darts
Active 1942–1982
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Fighter-Interceptor Training
Motto(s) Cave Tigrim Latin Beware of the Tiger[1]
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation[1]
Patch with 460th Fighter-Interceptor Training Squadron emblem 460thfits-patch.jpg
Patch with 460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron emblem (approved 17 January 1955)[1] 460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Emblem.png

The 460th Fighter-Interceptor Training Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Tactical Air Command's 325th Fighter Weapons Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, where it was inactivated on 15 October 1982.


World War II[edit]

Established in late 1942 as a ground support squadron. Deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations in 1943 to Australia where the unit functioned as a ground support unit at Sydney Airport, then at Dobodura in New Guinea. Converted to a P-47 Thunderbolt operational combat unit, engaged in fighter-bomber operations against Japanese positions in New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies and also during the Philippines Campaign (1944-1945). Moved to Okinawa, then Japan after the Japanese Capitulation as part of the Occupation Force, inactivated in 1946.

Air defense[edit]

Convair F-102A-95-CO Delta Dagger 57-907, 1960
460th FIS F-106s in 1960s grey livery

Reactivated in 1954 as part of the United States Air Force Air Defense Command, stationed at Knoxville, Tennessee for air defense of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and TVA Dams in Eastern Tennessee. Moved to Portland Airport, Oregon and flew air defense missions over the Pacific Northwest, later to Southern California in 1968. When Oxnard Air Force Base closed in 1969, moved to Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota until inactivated as part of the drawdown of ADC in 1974.

Fighter training[edit]

Reactivated briefly in early 1982 as an air defense training squadron at Tyndall AFB, Florida; inactivated late the same year.


  • Constituted as the 1st Airdrome Squadron on 7 November 1942
Activated on 20 November 1942
Redesignated 460th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 14 July 1944
Inactivated on 20 February 1946
  • Redesignated 460th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 23 March 1953
Activated on 18 March 1954[2]
Discontinued on 25 March 1966
  • Activated on 1 September 1968 (not organized)
Organized on 30 September 1968
Inactivated on 30 July 1974
  • Redesignated 460th Fighter-Interceptor Training Squadron on 1 October 1980
Activated on 15 November 1980
Inactivated on 15 October 1982





  1. ^ a b c Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 567-568
  2. ^ a b c Lineage, including assignments, stations and aircraft through 1963 in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 567-568


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

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