The 47th Operations Group is responsible for training U.S. Air Force and allied nation pilots under the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Program. The 47th OG provides management, control, standardization and evaluation of all aspects of flying training operations and airfield management at Laughlin.
The group consists of four flying training squadrons, an operations support squadron and a student squadron.
Earning the wings of an Air Force pilot is extremely challenging. During the 52-week training period, each student pilot flies nearly 200 hours in the T-6A and either the T-38 or T-1A aircraft. Flying is supplemented by almost 60 hours in aircraft simulators and more than 500 hours in the classroom.
The 85th FTS and the 434th FTS fly the T-6A Texan II to provide student pilots the fundamentals of aircraft handling, instrument, formation, low-level, navigation and night flying. The training provided by these instructors forms the basic flight skills crucial to a student's flying career.
Following primary training in the T-6, students are selected for either the airlift-tanker track flying the T-1A Jayhawk, the fighter-bomber track flying the T-38 Talon, or the helicopter track flying the UH-1 Huey at Fort Rucker, Ala.