The 340th Flying Training Group is located at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, and supports Air Education and Training Command's Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Joint Primary Pilot Training, Pilot Instructor Training, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, and the United States Air Force Academy's airmanship programs.
The 340th is the largest flying group in the Air Force, consisting of 425 instructor pilots assigned to six squadrons at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma; JBSA-Randolph, Texas; Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Colorado. Our instructors are vital to one of the most rewarding missions in military flying; training and mentoring the next generation of Air Force officers and pilots.
Instructors fly a variety of aircraft, including the T-1A Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II, T-38 Talon, T-41A Mescalero, T-51A, T-53, TG-15/TG-16 gliders, and UV-18B Twin Otter.
The group is also responsible for the 433rd Training Squadron, which has supported Basic Military Training at JBSA-Lackland since 1983. The 433rd TRS is unique to Air Force Reserve Command as it is the only unit of reserve MTIs. Reserve Military Training Instructors serve side by side with their active mission partners to create the next generation of Airmen for our Air Force. The squadron also provides MTI support to Reserve Officer Training Corps and Officer Training School on a situational basis.
To provide unrivaled instructors to AETC and unmatched support to the newest Reserve aviators.
To be the most experienced, professional Airmen; building and inspiring the Air Force's future.
- Recruit, develop, and retain exceptional Airmen.
- Optimize the organization for current and future opportunities.
- Foster a culture that inspires smart risk.
- Showcase the value of the 340th FTG to target audiences.
Originally established in August 1942 at Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina. The unit was designated the 340th Bombardment Group (Medium). The group flew B-25s, engaging chiefly in support and interdiction missions. The 340th participated in the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa in June 1943, the bombing of German evacuation beaches near Messina in July, the establishment of the Salerno beachhead in September, the drive for Rome during January to June 1944, the invasion of Southern France in August, and attacks on the Brenner Pass and other German lines of communication in Northern Italy from September 1944 to April 1945. Shortly thereafter, the B-25s and aircrew were back in the U.S. and the unit deactivated in November 1945. The unit was reactivated and continued performing medium bombardment training in the Air Force Reserve from October 1947 to August 1949 at Tulsa Municipal Airport, Oklahoma.
The 340th Bombardment Group was again reactivated in May 1968 at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. In June 1977, it was redesignated as the 340th Air Refueling Group (Heavy) and moved in July 1977 to Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It was redesignated the 340th Air Refueling Wing (Heavy) in Oct. 1984 and reassigned to 15th Air Force, Strategic Air Command in June 1988 with subsequent redesignation as the 340th Air Refueling Wing on Sept. 1, 1991. It was reassigned to Air Mobility Command on June 1, 1992 and inactivated on Oct. 1, 1992.
The unit was redesignated and activated under the Air Reserve Command at JBSA-Randolph, as the 340th Flying Training Group on April 1, 1998. It is organized to provide associate instructor pilots for the Air Education and Training Command Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training mission. The group consists of a headquarters element, six associate Reserve flying training squadrons, and the 433rd Training Squadron.
The 340th has a number of decorations including 11 campaign streamers, two distinguished unit citations, and seven outstanding unit awards.