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  • Former member of the 36th EWS, WWII vet, awarded French Legion of Honor

    James P. Ostler, age 99, a former member of the 36th Bombardment Squadron, was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal from France in a November 21, 2019 Ceremony in Arlington Heights, Ill. for his efforts in WWII as a navigator on the B-17.
  • 85th TES flies over the Miami Dolphins' stadium

    U.S. Air Force F-15C Pilots, Capt. Aaron Eshkenazi and Maj. Jonah Brown and F-16 Pilots, Lt. Col. Matthew Russell and Maj. Robert Glenn, from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla. prepare to fly over the Miami Dolphins' stadium on November 17, 2019. The flyover was part of the NFL's Salute to Service events. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Goodbye Edwards, hello Nellis

    Edwards Air Force Base, California, said farewell to six of its F-35 Lightning II’s in October. The F-35s were transferred to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to continue initial operational testing.
  • Familiarization Flight after 30 years of F-15E contributions

    On October 9, 2019, Boeing employee Daniel McMahon received a familiarization flight during an F-15E operational test sortie with the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron. Known affectionately as Dan “The Man”, he has worked on the F-15E program since 1989 and has been embedded in the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron since 2007 as a data analyst
  • The 85th TES releases a JASSM-ER in test sortie

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon piloted by Lt. Col. Mike May from the 85th Test and Evaluation squadron sits on the ramp at Eglin Air Force Base on October 2, 2019 with a JASSM-ER. The 85th TES released the extended range missile as part of an operational test sortie. (U.S. Air Force Photo by 1st Lt Savanah Bray)
  • Offutt restores training capabilities with new simulator

    A new aircrew training device is being built as part of an effort to replace the three ATDs destroyed in the March flood.
  • Tyndall hosts Combat Archer: Evaluation through integration, employment

    The 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron conducted a Combat Archer exercise Sept. 16-27 on base. Combat Archer is part of the 53rd Wing’s Weapons System Evaluation Program and the Department of Defense’s largest air-to-air live fire missile employment exercise.
  • Revitalizing the Squadron: The 81st RCS reactivates as an Air Control Squadron

    As a formal recognition of the hard work and efforts of the 53d Wing Airmen at Tyndall Air Force Base in the 81st Range Control Squadron, the 81st RCS deactivated, then reactivated as the 81st Air Control Squadron during a ceremony on September 23, 2019.
  • Laser Guided Bombs back in the belly of the B-52

    Reserve Citizen Airmen and active-duty Airmen teamed up to test Laser-Guided Bomb Units on the Conventional Rotary Launcher. It is the first step in trying to use the munitions from the bomb bay of the jet. It has been a decade since they were last employed in this manner.
  • B-1B and B-52 visit the 53d Wing at Eglin AFB

    While conducting operational test sorties in the area members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron from Dyess AFB and the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron from Barksdale AFB displayed a B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress at Eglin Air Force Base on July 30, 2019.
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