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4 inch reproduction of the 69TH TFS DRAGONS PATCH- SEW ON

The squadron was reactivated at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona in October 1969. This took place when the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing was activated, replacing the 4510th Combat Crew Training Wing as the host unit at Luke. Concurrently, the 69th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and the 418th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron were activated as Lockheed F-104G Starfighter training units, replacing the 4512th and 4518th Combat Crew Training Squadrons to support foreign military sales of the F-104. Pilots from Greece, Norway, Turkey, Denmark, and Spain trained at Luke. In addition, many F-104Gs owned by the West German Luftwaffe operated with the 58th Wing where they sported USAF insignia and carried USAF serial numbers.

Training of West German Air Force pilots in the F-104G continued until late 1982. The Germans flew more than 900 Starfighters totaling an excess of 269,750 hours and produced 1,868 F-104 pilots. The squadron inactivated on 16 March 1983.

Constituted as the 69th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 20 November 1940
Activated on 15 January 1941
Redesignated 69th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942
Redesignated 69th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 20 August 1943
Inactivated on 27 January 1946
Redesignated 69th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 25 June 1952
Activated on 10 July 1952
Inactivated on 1 July 1958
Redesignated 69th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron on 22 August 1969
Activated on 15 October 1969
Inactivated on 16 March 1983
Redesignated 69th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 14 April 1983
Activated on 1 July 1983
Redesignated 69th Fighter Squadron on 1 November 1991
Inactivated on 2 February 2001
Activated in the reserve on 1 February 2010[1]


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