Aircrew and maintenance pose in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

become a pilot


what it takes to be a Niagara pilot

Simply put, we need the best. Not many people can do what we can do. But if you have a passion for adventure, aviation, and are up for a new challenge, then we want to know!

What you'll need to qualify to become a 328th Air Refueling Squadron pilot:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Private pilot license
  • Be under the age of 33
  • Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) pilot score of at least 70
  • Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) score of at least 70
Contact the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station 328th Air Refueling Squadron's chief pilot at (716) 236-2337 to see if you qualify.

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If you are serious about this endeavor: sign up on the site, put together an application and search for the 328 ARS.



building a legacy

The 328th Air Refueling Squadron of the 914th Air Refueling Wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station traces its lineage back to April 15, 1944, when Lt. Col. John Moriarty put together the 3rd Combat Cargo Squadron. Nicknamed The Lucky Third, the crew fearlessly flew The Hump, one of the most treacherous and often deadly flight paths in recorded aviation history where they resupplied ground forces in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. 

Ever since, the 328th Air Refueling Squadron have carried on a tradition of aviation excellence by supporting several other campaigns and conflicts to include personnel and cargo transport after the Battle of Kuwait International Airport, the fastest and largest Marine tank battle in history, on Feb. 27, 1991.


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