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25th Flying Training Squadron

The 25th Flying Training Squadron is part of the 71st Flying Training Wing based at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It operates Northrop T-38 Talon aircraft conducting flight training.

25th Flying Training Squadron
T-38As Vance AFB 1997.jpeg
Squadron instructor pilot and student walk towards T-38A Talons to begin flight training at Vance AFB[note 1]
Active1943–1949; 1955–1957; 1972–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RolePilot Training
Part ofAir Education and Training Command
Garrison/HQVance Air Force Base
EngagementsSouthwest Pacific Theater[1]
DecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation[1]
25 Flying Training Sq emblem (modified and reinstated 31 March 1995)[1]25 Flying Training Sq emblem (1995).png
25th Flying Training Squadron emblem (approved 2 January 1973)[2]25 Flying Training Sq emblem (1973).png
25th Photographic Reconnaissance Sq emblem (approved 13 May 1944)[3]25th Photographic Reconnaissance Sq emblem.png


The squadron has provided Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) for active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and selected foreign allies since 1 November 1972.[1]


The 25th flew combat reconnaissance missions in the Southwest and Western Pacific from, 5 February 1944 – 14 August 1945. It was active but not operationally manned or equipped from, November 1945 – February 1946. The squadron also conducted photographic reconnaissance in western United States between 1955 and 1957.


  • Constituted as the 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 5 February 1943
Redesignated 25th Photographic Squadron (Light) on 6 February 1943
Activated on 9 February 1943
Redesignated 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 August 1943
Redesignated 25th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 24 January 1946
Inactivated on 1 April 1949
  • Redesignated 25th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fighter on 4 November 1954
Activated on 24 January 1955
Inactivated on 1 July 1957
  • Redesignated 25th Flying Training Squadron on 14 April 1972
Activated on 1 November 1972[1]


  • 6th Photographic Group (later 6th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group 6th Photographic Group 6th Reconnaissance Group) Group]], 9 February 1943 (attached to V Fighter Command after 10 February 1946)
  • V Fighter Command, 27 April 1946
  • 315th Composite Wing, 31 May 1946
  • 71st Reconnaissance Group (later 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group), 28 February 1947 – 1 April 1949 (attached to 315th Composite Wing until November 1947)
  • 71st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 24 January 1955 – 1 July 1957
  • 71st Flying Training Wing, 1 November 1972
  • 71st Operations Group, 15 December 1991 – present[1]





Explanatory notes
  1. ^ Aircraft is Northrop T-38A-75-NO Talon serial 68-8210. This aircraft visible was later converted to an T-38C.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kane, Robert B. (16 March 2010). "Factsheet 25 Flying Training Squadron (AETC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ Endicott, p. 503
  3. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 132


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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