Photos – Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA – 1987 – 1989 (Set Four – 450th FTS/455th FTS – Returning as an Instructor Nav)


8 thoughts on “Photos – Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA – 1987 – 1989 (Set Four – 450th FTS/455th FTS – Returning as an Instructor Nav)

  1. Do you remember what the callsign was for the 455th FTS?

    I am about to be a part of the new 455th FTS and we are trying to gather some information about the old squadron.

    Thank you

    • AJ,

      I think it’s great that the squadron is standing up again, and that you have a chance to be a part of the new 455th FTS. I don’t recall any callsigns, but if a tweet pilot “checks in” from the old days maybe we’ll find out – if so I’ll pass the info along. I’ve posted all I have from what was twenty years ago, but perhaps as word gets out that the 455th has stood up again more information will come out of the woodwork. Thanks for being part of today’s Air Force and bringing a new generation of aviators on board!



    • Frank,

      A former instructor who was in the 455th with me in the “old days” refreshed my memory on this subject: “Gator” was the T-43 Callsign, and “Colt” was the T-37 Callsign. Let me know if you see anything else in your paperwork at home. Have you retired by now or are you still flying? It’s been twenty years now since we were at Mather AFB!



  2. You are right, as far as the callsigns are concerned. I didnยดt find any other callsign.
    Yes, I retired from the Luftwaffe by now.


  3. Frank,

    I used to think that the reward of being an instructor was in helping aspiring aviators achieve their wings and get started on their careers. Now to see the process completed from wings to retirement adds a whole new dimension to the experience. Congratulations on your retirement and enjoy Germany!



  4. Mark,

    I am trying to restore an old flight suit from you sister squadron, the 451st FTS which has also been reconstituted in Pensacola. Would you know anyone who might have an existing copy of the 323rd Flying Training Wing patch that they might be willing to sell?

    I like the photos you posted – they are a great help in recreating the uniform I am trying to put together. (Plastic rank and all.) As AJ from a previous post mentioned, your old squadron is still going strong out here, helping train the worlds best Combat Systems Officers. You should consider stopping through here if you’re ever out this way on vacation. I’m sure some of the flyers would love to hear some of your stories.


  5. Archie,

    Thanks for checking in and for your kind comments as well ~ just remembering plastic rank brought a smile to my face! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m sorry to say I can’t help you with your patch request, as I gave all my USAF memorabilia away to a collector friend of mine. I looked at the 323rd Flying Training Wing patch in Google Images to see what it looks like, and I never received one or wore that patch myself, either as a student or as an instructor at Mather AFB. I took a casual look on ebay for it and didn’t see one in my initial search, but that’s probably your best bet to find one.

    Thanks for your offer to stop by and see the making of Combat Systems Officers, Archie ~ if I’m ever in your neck of the woods I might just do that! In the meantime, I’ve made progress on posting my autobiography, and I’m just drafting my first post for ‘Book Two – The Air Force Years’ which begins with my arrival at OTS in the fall of 1981. Nothing ever came easily for me in the Air Force, and I had challenge after challenge to overcome at every assignment, including Nav School, but somehow I managed to overcome them and remain standing… ๐Ÿ™‚ So there will be plenty of my personal stories to read about soon enough, warts and all…

    You can find me on LinkedIn at:

    ‘Mark Jones
    Author, Blogger, Writer, Adventurer, Songwriter, Dreamer, USAF (Ret.)’

    Here’s a link to my autobiography ‘In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography)’

    All the best ~ Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚


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