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Central Flying Training Command

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Central Flying Training Command

Flying Division, Air Training Command is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was assigned to the Air Training Command, stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. It was inactivated on 14 November 1949.


Central Flying Training Command was established on 8 July 1940 when the United States Army Air Corps redesignated its training center at Randolph Field, Texas as the Gulf Coast Air Corps Training Center. The Gulf Coast Air Corps Training Center at Randolph handled flying training (basic, primary and advanced) at airfields in the Central United States.

On 31 July 1943, Gulf Coast Air Corps Training Center was redesignated as the Central Flying Training Command when Army Air Forces Training Command consolidated technical and flying training under one major command.

Shortly after the end of World War II, Central Flying Training Command consolidated with Western Flying Training Command on 1 November 1945, and was redesignated Western Flying Training Command. On 15 December 1945 Western Flying Training Command consolidated with the Eastern Flying Training Command.

The single entity became Army Air Forces Flying Training Command on 1 January 1946, with its headquarters at Randolph Field, Texas.

On 1 November 1946 the Flying Training Command was redesignated as the Flying Training Division of the new Air Training Command, established as part of the postwar reorganization of the Army Air Forces. It was inactivated on 14 November 1949 when Air Training Command absorbed its subordinate Divisions into its command organization due to budget reductions.


  • Established as Gulf Coast Air Corps Training Center, 8 July 1940
Redesignated: Central Flying Training Command, 31 July 1943
Redesignated: Western Flying Training Command, 15 December 1945
Redesignated: Army Air Forces Flying Training Command, 1 January 1946
Redesignated: Flying Division, Air Training Command, 1 July 1946
Inactivated on 14 November 1949

Major components

(Does not include axillary and emergency landing fields)


  • Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
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