80th Flying Training Wing (World War II)

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80th Flying Training Wing
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Locations of airfields controlled by the 80th Flying Training Wing
Active 1943-1946
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 80th Flying Training Wing was a training wing of the United States Army Air Forces. It was last assigned to the Central Flying Training Command, and was disbanded on 16 June 1946 at Ellington Field, Texas.

There is no lineage between the United States Air Force 80th Flying Training Wing, established on 13 January 1942 as the 80th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) at Selfridge Field, Michigan and this organization.


The wing controlled three navigation schools in Texas, and also supported the AAF Glider Pilot School at South Plains.[1] After graduation Air Cadets 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]


  • Established as 80th Flying Training Wing on 14 August 1943
Activated on 25 August 1943
Disbanded on 16 June 1946.[2]


  • Army Air Forces Central Flying Training Command, 25 August 1943 – 16 June 1946.[2]

Training aircraft[edit]

The schools of the wing used Beechcraft AT-7s for navigation training. Glider training focused on the Waco CG-4A, along with various tow planes to get the gliders airborne.[1]

Assigned Schools[edit]


See also[edit]

31st Flying Training Wing (World War II) Primary Flight Training
32d Flying Training Wing (World War II) Basic Flight Training
33d Flying Training Wing (World War II) Advanced Flight Training, Two Engine
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) Classification/Preflight Unit
79th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Gunnery


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

  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 80th Flying Training Wing, lineage and history document Air Force Historical Agency, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  3. ^ www.accident-report.com: Ellington Field
  4. ^ www.accident-report.com: Hondo Army Airfield
  5. ^ www.accident-report.com: San Marcos Army Airfield
  6. ^ www.accident-report.com: South Plains Army Airfield