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41st Flying Training Squadron "Flying Buzzsaws" [1]
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41st Flying Training Squadron Patch
Active 1 February 1940 - 8 March 1960
10 January 1990 - 15 May 1991
1 October 1998 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Pilot Training
Part of Air Education and Training Command
19th Air Force
14th Flying Training Wing
14th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Columbus Air Force Base
Engagements World War II
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg PPUC
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg ROK PUC
Edwin A. Doss, Kelly "Bam Bam" Holbert

41st FIS F-86D 52-9989 over Japan, 1955

F-80s - Johnson Air Base - (Deployed at Misawa AB, Japan), January 1951

Emblem of the World War II 41st Fighter Squadron

The 41st Flying Training Squadron (41 FTS) is part of the 14th Flying Training Wing based at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. It operates T-6 Texan II aircraft conducting flight training.


The 41st Flying Training Squadron's mission is to train future Air Force military aviators in Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Phase 2 in the T-6A. Additionally, the 41 FTS trains several foreign military pilots each year in the T-6, through both Foreign Military Sales program and the international Aviation Leadership Program. To accomplish its mission, the 41 FTS annually flies over 17,200 sorties and 22,000 flight hours. The squadron also qualifies and sustains 80-90 mission-ready T-6 instructor pilots. The 41 FTS is renowned for the quality of their instructor force and are the Air Force's premier T-6 flying squadron. The "Flying Buzzsaws" are currently commanded by Lt Col Lee "Stroker" Gentile [2]


The 41st flew antisubmarine patrols off the coast of Washington from, 14 December 1941 – 21 January 1942. It then went on to fly combat sorties including patrol, escort, and close air support in Southwest and Western Pacific areas from, 23 July 1942 – 14 August 1945. The squadron also flew air defense of Japan during the Korean War. It conducted academic training for pilots and managed the accelerated copilot enrichment training program from, 1990–1991 and has conducted student flight training since 1998.[1]


  • Constituted 41st Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 22 Dec 1939
Activated on 1 Feb 1940
Re-designated: 41st Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942
Re-designated: 41st Fighter Squadron, Single-Engine on 14 Feb 1944
Re-designated: 41st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 20 Jan 1950
Re-designated: Discontinued, and inactivated, on 8 Mar 1960
  • Re-designated 41st Flying Training Squadron on 1 Jan 1990
Activated on 10 Jan 1990
Inactivated on 15 May 1991
  • Activated on 1 Oct 1998.


Attached to 6162d Air Base Wing, 1 Dec 1950-25 Jun 1951


Aircraft operated[1]





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