74th Flying Training Wing (World War II)
|74th Flying Training Wing|
Cadets being drilled at Maxwell Field in the early 1940s,
|Branch||United States Army Air Forces|
|Type||Command and Control|
|Part of||Army Air Forces Training Command|
The 74th Flying Training Wing was wing of the United States Army Air Forces. It was last assigned to the Eastern Flying Training Command, and was disbanded on 30 December 1945 at Maxwell Field, Alabama.
The wing's mission was to provide classification and preflight testing of aviation cadets. It was one of three such centers, the others being at Maxwell Field, Alabama and Santa Ana Army Air Base, California.
The mission of the wing was to provide both Classification and Preflight stage training to air cadets which had completed Training Command basic indoctrination training.
- Classification Stage processed the cadet and issued him his equipment. This was the stage where it would be decided whether the cadet would train as a navigator, bombardier, or pilot.
- Pre-Flight Stage taught the mechanics and physics of flight and required the cadets to pass courses in mathematics and the hard sciences. Then the cadets were taught to apply their knowledge practically by teaching them aeronautics, deflection shooting, and thinking in three dimensions.
Once the cadet successfully completed the training at the center, they would be assigned to one of the AAF primary flight schools for initial flying training.
The wing also provided specialized flight training for foreign pilots as well as a navigation school at Selman, Louisiana that encompassed the entire range of training from preflight ground school to advanced navigation training.
- Established as 74th Flying Training Wing on 14 August 1943
- Activated on 30 December 1943
- Disbanded on 1 November 1945 
- Army Air Forces Eastern Flying Training Command, 25 August 1943 – 30 June 1945
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- Army Air Forces Training Command
- Other Training Command Preflight/classification Units:
- 78th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Central Flying Training Command
- 81st Flying Training Wing (World War II) Western Flying Training Command
- Other Eastern Flying Training Command Flight Training Wings:
- 27th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Basic Flight Training
- 28th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Advanced Flight Training, Single-Engine
- 29th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Primary Flight Training
- 30th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Advanced Flight Training, Two Engine
- 75th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Gunnery
- 76th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Specialized Four-Engine Training
- 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
- 74th Flying Training Wing, lineage and history document Air Force Historical Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
- Mueller, Robert (1989). Volume 1: Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982. USAF Reference Series, Office of Air Force History, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. ISBN 0-912799-53-6, ISBN 0-16-002261-4
- www.accident-report.com: Maxwell Field
- www.accident-report.com: Gunter Field
- www.accident-report.com: Selman Army Airfield