47th Fighter Squadron takes over training from the 358th - Tucson News Now

47th Fighter Squadron takes over training from the 358th

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There are some changes coming this weekend to A-10 pilot training in Tucson.  Both new and old pilots will be joining a reserve command squadron at Davis-Monthan. 

The 47th Fighter Squadron will be activated on Saturday afternoon, as part of an overall Air Force integration of the A-10.  As part of the change, members and aircraft from the 358th Fighter Squadron, which was deactivated in February, will merge with the 47th and continue the A-10 Thunderbolt II training mission.

According to officials at D-M, their mission will not change, they will continue to train and employ the finest attack pilots during and after the realignment.  Two of the benefits to this merge is continuity and cost effectiveness for the Air Force.  

The 358th Fighter Squadron began as part of the 355th Fighter Group from 1942 to 1972, when it was inactivated, according to the U.S. Air Force, then reactivated as the 358th Tactical Fighter Wing on June 1, 1972 in Tucson.  The squadron's mission was changed from fighting to training. 

While active here at Davis-Monthan the 358th Fighter Squadron has logged over 120,000 flight hours, training 750 new pilots and re-qualifying an additional 175 A-10 pilots. 

This squadron merger is scheduled to begin this weekend.

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