Brief history

History of the “Düsentrainerstaffel” and its preceding units

In 1961 the 1st fighter-bomber squadron equipped with the SAAB J-29 F TUNNAN “Fliegende Tonne” (flying barrel) was established at Schwechat (near Vienna). In 1962 the squadron was relocated at Hörsching (near Linz) inside the Vogler Airforce Base.

In the course of the 1963 reorganization the 1st fighter-bomber squadron was renamed 1st fighter-bomber wing comprising two squadrons. The 1st SQN was tasked with ground attack and air surveillance, the 2nd squadron with reconnaissance and air surveillance. In 1966 a 3rd SQN was created, which tasks included training and utility sorties with VAMPIRE aircraft and as of 1969 also with Cessna L-19 BIRDDOG.  In 1968 the 2nd squadron was relocated at Graz (Nittner Airforce Base). In 1970 the replacement of the VAMPIRE and the J-29 F by the jet aircraft SAAB J 105 OE got underway and was completed by 1972.



SAAB J-29 F  Tunnan “Flying barrel”


In 1976 the Austrian Air Division underwent new restructuring with the result that the 2nd squadron was assigned to the air surveillance wing.  The 3rd squadron was renamed to the “new” 2nd squadron now being responsible for reconnaissance. Since 1985 the fighter-bomber wing has also taken on the responsibility of the basic jet training.



De Havilland DH 115 “Vampire” & Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog”



YA-01, YB-02and YC-03 1970 at SAAB in Linköping still with swedish registration


Due to structural adoption efforts in 1995 the fighter-bomber wing was turned into the 3rd squadron attached to Air Regiment 3 at Hörsching. Since then the 3 rd SQN has carried out basic and advanced jet training as well as air surveillance tasks.


from September 2006

Due to the reorganisation of the Austrian Armed Forces, our squadron underwent some important changes. For two months we have been assigned as 3 squadron to the Flying Regiment 2. From September 2006 we are the Düsentrainerstaffel (Jettrainersquadron) assigned to the “Überwachungsgeschwader” (Fighter wing).