Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics

Army Air Forces School Of Applied Tactics

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The Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics (known as AAFSAT) was a military training organization of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Its function was to train cadres from newly-formed units in combat operations under simulated field conditions as the cores around which new combat groups would be formed.

The lack of a true tactical training center and the closure of the Air Corps Tactical School in 1940, coupled with the impracticality of further splitting of existing combat groups into cadre for new groups, made AAFSAT a necessity. The Commandant of AAFSAT was Brigadier General Hume Peabody, formerly assistant commandant of the ACTS.

In addition to its training function, the school also developed as a tactical doctrine development center, assuming the functions formerly assigned the ACTS. In this function it also became known as the Army Air Forces Tactical Center (AAFTAC).


Main article: Air University


  • Established as: Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics, 9 October 1942
History and insignia of Air Corps Tactical School bestowed upon activation.
  • Redesignated as: Army Air Forces School on June 1, 1945


At the entry of the United States into World War II on December 7, 1941, the USAAF had expanded to 67 groups from a pre-1939 total of 15, but approximately half were paper units just forming. The entry into the war meant an immediate significant increase in the numbers of new combat groups, expanding to...
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