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  • 53rd Wing’s WSEP provides joint venue for training, evaluation and test

    The 53d Weapons Evaluation Group hosted air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons system evaluations at Tyndall and Hill Air Force Bases, respectfully, from March 8-19, 2021.
  • Bomber interoperability: from flyovers to operational application

    A B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress flew together on February 3, 2021 over the skies of Barksdale Air Force Base; this dissimilar formation wasn’t in preparation for the bomber Super Bowl flyover that would happen days later, but rather for an operational test sortie executed by the 337th and 49th Test and Evaluation Squadrons assessing bomber interoperability.
  • The future of test: Black Flag

    General Mark D. Kelly signed COMACC Plan 21 on December 15, 2020, effectively formalizing the 53rd Wing’s Large Force Test Events into “Black Flag” – an event solely focused on test and tactics development in a realistic, massed force, fully integrated, high threat density environment. Established as the test counterpart to Red Flag, an event designed to train like we fight, Black Flag allows the Air Force to test like we fight. While Red Flag builds readiness, Black flag builds capability.
  • Female fighter pilots test modified ATAGS “G-suit”

    A modified version of the Advanced Technology Anti-Gravity Suits was successfully tested by five female fighter pilots October 26-30, 2020.
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