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An F-16 Fighting Falcon explodes, sending debris and shrapnel into the air Aug. 19 on the Eglin Air Force Base range.  The explosion was a static test of the flight termination system to be used in the QF-16.  The purpose was to demonstrate that the FTS design will be sufficient to immediately terminate the flight of a QF-16, as well as determine a range safety debris footprint.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) F-16 destruction is step toward fighter's new role
An F-16 Fighting Falcon was blown apart on the range, here Aug. 19.The explosion wasn't due to a crash or accident, but intentionally initiated to test an aerial-target flight termination system. The test was conducted by the 780th Test Squadron and overseen by the QF-16 special program office. The purpose was to demonstrate that the FTS design
0 8/25
2010
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., releases a Guided Bomb Unit-12 during a Weapons System Evaluation Program mission at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. This is the second of three weeks of evaluation at Hill AFB by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group.  The WSEP program is used to evaluate the effectiveness and suitability of combat air force weapon systems. The evaluations are accomplished during tactical deliveries of fighter, bomber and unmanned aerial system precision guided munitions, on realistic targets with air-to-air and surface-to-air defenses. For many of the aircrew participating in WSEP, it is the first time employing live weapons. This provides a level of combat experience many units face during combat.  Courtesy photo. F-16s fly in for WSEP week two

0 8/16
2010
An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Fighter Squadron flies loaded up with a GBU-12 and a GBU-28 during a Combat Hammer mission at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.  Combat Hammer is an air-to-ground Weapons System Evaluation Program maintained by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron.  Combat Hammer marked the first of three weeks of evaluation at Hill AFB by the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group.  Combat Archer, an air-to-air evaluation, is the second week, followed by a combined air and ground WSEP in the final week.  The WSEP program is used to evaluate the effectiveness and suitability of combat air force weapon systems. The evaluations are accomplished during tactical deliveries of fighter, bomber and unmanned aerial system precision guided munitions, on realistic targets with air-to-air and surface-to-air defenses. For many of the aircrew participating in WSEP, it is the first time employing live weapons. This provides a level of combat experience many units face during combat. (Courtesy photo.)
53rd begins 3-week weapon system evaluation at Hill

0 8/09
2010
An Air Force Research Lab player drives off the first tee during the base intramural golf championship July 28 at the Eglin golf course.  Perennial rivals, Air Force Research Lab and 53rd Wing, faced off in the championship match, with AFRL winning 8-4.  The AFRL team has claimed the base title three years straight.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
AFRL repeats as golf champs

0 8/02
2010
Members of the 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron provide assistance during Virtual Flag. The squadron’s mission is providing timely, tailored and vigilant electronic warfare analysis and support down range to joint and coalition warfighters.  The squadron, located at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, is part of the 53rd Wing headquartered at Eglin. (Courtesy Photo) 53rd squadron provides 'electronic armor' to global warfighters
Providing timely, tailored and vigilant electronic Warfare analysis and support down range to joint and coalition warfighters is the mission of the 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron. To handle such a large undertaking, approximately 170 professionals use complex systems and produce information to arm warfighters with the knowledge needed to perform
0 7/21
2010
Fourteen of the 22 Airman who were hands-on in the process of bringing the first YF-22 Raptor prototype built, pose in front of the aircraft with Mr. David Ferguson (blue shirt), first Raptor test pilot, Mr. Tom Morgenfeld (tan shirt), last Raptor test pilot and Mr. Fredrick Johnsen (white shirt), Air Force Flight Test Center Museum director, that were instrumental in bringing back to Edwards, its flight-test home. Squadron assists in preserving Air Force history
Members of the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron spent approximately 600 hours preserving Air Force history restoring an YF-22 prototype for display.The prototype, which eventually developed in the F-22 Raptor, went on display June 11 at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB, Calif. Squadron members, with volunteers from the 412th
0 7/12
2010
Default Air Force Logo 53rd Wing up to UCI challenge
Months of preparation at the 53rd Wing paid off as the wing received positive feedback for their Unit Compliance Inspection held May 9 -14."While the statistics are interesting, what is not told there is the countless hours of preparation that went into this inspection," said Col. Michael Gantt, 53rd Wing commander. "That effort should be
0 5/19
2010
Col. Kevin McElroy, 53rd Electronic Warfare Group commander, and new commander of the 513th Electronic Warfare Squadron, Lt. Col. Tim Welde, unfurl the squadron flag at the activation ceremony April 23 at Eglin Air Force Base Fla.  The squadron serves as the sole Department of Defense provider of electronic warfare support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  The squadron, currently manned by 32 technicians and engineers, will grow to 130 personnel at full strength. The squadron will operate the $300 million United States Reprogramming Laboratory, which tests all aspects of the Joint Strike Fighter's electronic warfare capability. Fifty percent of the total personnel will be Airmen, while the other half will consist of Navy and Marine personnel. (Courtesy photo) 
Joint F-35 electronic warfare squadron stands up
The squadron serving as the sole Department of Defense provider of electronic warfare support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter activated April 23 in a ceremony here. Surrounded by artifacts from the history of airpower in the Air Armament Museum, the 513th Electronic Warfare Squadron stood up as a first step toward preparing Airmen, Sailors and
0 4/29
2010
First Lt. Steve Ferrell, 28th Test and Evaluations Squadron operations analyst at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., signs enlistment paperwork April 9 for his father, Chief Master Sgt. Steven Ferrell, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendant. Lieutenant Ferrell flew in to Luke to swear-in his father and did it in front of about 150 Airmen in the 61st AMU. (photo by 2nd Lt. Ryan DeCamp) Son re-enlists MXG chief, father
When the time came for Chief Master Sgt. Steven Ferrell, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, to re-enlist for what will be the final time in his career, the decision on which officer would do the honors was easy. He chose his son.Chief Ferrell's son, 1st Lt. Steve Ferrell, 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron operations analyst at Eglin Air
0 4/29
2010
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Rob Wible, 46th Test Wing, faces off against the 53rd Wing goalie ultimately scoring the first goal of the intramural soccer championship April 22. The 46th TW reclaimed the championship winning 2-1. 53rd was the reigning champs, beating the 46th in a sudden death shootout in overtime last year. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Anthony Jennings) 46th TW reclaim soccer championship
The 46th Test Wing reclaimed the base intramural soccer championship title from the 53rd Wing winning 2-1, April 22.The 53rd team, the reigning champs, took the title from the 46th last year in a stunning sudden death shootout in overtime. During their match-up earlier in the season, the 46th walked away with a one-point victory. Based on their
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2010
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