Randolph AFB 558th FTS 75th Anniversary

Randolph AFB 558th FTS 75th Anniversary Art.

The 558th Flying Training Squadron (558th FTS) at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is the home of the Air Force’s only undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training program providing three distinct courses for officer and enlisted aircrew: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Instrument Qualification Course, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Fundamentals Course, and the Basic Sensor Operator Course. Graduates of the 558th FTS move on to formal training units at Holloman AFB, N.M. or Beale AFB, Calif. The squadron also has a military training flight which is responsible for the oversight and mentorship of non-prior service enlisted Airmen. This artwork is to celebrate the 75th anniversary (1942 – 2017) of the 558th Flying Training Squadron.

The first predecessor of the squadron is the 558th Bombardment Squadron, a Martin B-26 Marauder unit that served in the European Theater of Operations, where it earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for action in combat. The squadron’s other predecessor is the 558th Tactical Fighter Squadron organized as part of the Air Force’s first McDonnell F-4 Phantom II wing. The squadron served in combat in the Vietnam War until its inactivation in 1970. The two squadrons were consolidated in 1985 and activated as a flying training unit in 1992.

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Design by Samantha Beaty

Location: Saint Louis, MO
Samantha is an Air Force veteran and an extremely talented illustrator, if you want to see more amazing art browse her portfolio.

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