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QF-16 takes flight at Holloman

A QF-16 drone sits on the flightline before its first flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 10, 2017. Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, piloted the drone during the first flight since the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 transitioned from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

A QF-16 drone sits on the flightline before its first flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 10, 2017. Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, piloted the drone during the first flight since the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 transitioned from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. Detachment 1 is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

Lt. Col. Ronald King (right), the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, and John Anderson (left), the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 maintenance lead, perform a pre-flight inspection on a QF-16 drone before flight on Feb. 10, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. King piloted the drone during the first flight since the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 transitioned from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

Lt. Col. Ronald King (right), the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, and John Anderson (left), the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 maintenance lead, perform a pre-flight inspection on a QF-16 drone before flight on Feb. 10, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. King piloted the drone during the first flight since the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 transitioned from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. Detachment 1 is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

Lt. Col. Ronald King (left), the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, and John Anderson (right), the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 maintenance lead, perform a pre-flight inspection on a QF-16 drone before flight on Feb. 10, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. King piloted the drone during the first flight since the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 transitioned from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

Lt. Col. Ronald King (left), the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, and John Anderson (right), the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 maintenance lead, perform a pre-flight inspection on a QF-16 drone before flight on Feb. 10, 2017 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. King piloted the drone during the first flight since the 82nd ATRS, Det. 1 transitioned from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. Detachment 1 is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, prepares for the first QF-16 drone flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2017. The QF-16 has been flying at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida since late 2012. This was the first flight at Holloman since the QF-4 Phantom officially retired in 2016 and the detachment transitioned to flying QF-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, prepares for the first QF-16 drone flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2017. The QF-16 has been flying at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida since late 2012. This was the first flight at Holloman since the QF-4 Phantom officially retired in 2016 and the detachment transitioned to flying QF-16s. Detachment 1 is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

A QF-16 drone flies over Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2017. Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, piloted the drone during the first flight at Holloman since the transition from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

A QF-16 drone flies over Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2017. Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, piloted the drone during the first flight at Holloman since the transition from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. Detachment 1 is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

A QF-16 drone flies over Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2017. Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, piloted the drone during the first flight at Holloman since the transition from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

A QF-16 drone flies over Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2017. Lt. Col. Ronald King, the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 commander, piloted the drone during the first flight at Holloman since the transition from QF-4 Phantoms to QF-16s. The QF-16 serves as a full-scale aerial target to test next-generation weapons systems. Detachment 1 is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

A QF-16 drone taxis back to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 ramp, after its first flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 10, 2017. The QF-16 has been flying at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida since late 2012. This was the first flight at Holloman since the QF-4 Phantom officially retired in 2016 and the detachment transitioned to flying QF-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

A QF-16 drone taxis back to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, Det. 1 ramp, after its first flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 10, 2017. The QF-16 has been flying at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida since late 2012. This was the first flight at Holloman since the QF-4 Phantom officially retired in 2016 and the detachment transitioned to flying QF-16s. Detachment 1 is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Kenney)

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