33rd Flying Training Squadron [33rd FTS]
The mission of the 33rd Flying Training Squadron is to provide primary flying training in the T-37 aircraft to produce the highest quality military pilots, officers, and leaders.
The 33rd FTS "Dragons" is one of eight T-37 flying squadrons in the U.S. Air Force. The majority of these squadrons conduct beginning and intermediate flying instruction for student pilots as part of their undergraduate pilot training program.
The 33rd FTS is one of two T-37 squadrons (the other being the 8th FTS at Vance AFB) which conduct Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (JSUPT). JSUPT is a USAF training program which takes young Air Force, Navy, and Marine officers through a rigorous flight training program to make them rated military aviators to fly their respective service's fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. While both the Air Force and the naval services conduct their own separate flying training programs, JSUPT is part of a joint-service effort to train pilots together by utilizing trainer aircraft, facilities, installations, and instructors from both services.
Reserve T-37 instructors from the 5th Flying Training Squadron work side by side with their active duty counterparts in the 33d FTS to train the students.
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