Within the skies above Eglin and alongside the Emerald Coast, fortieth Flight Check Squadron aircrew flew a five-ship formation . This formation wasn’t simply any grouping of take a look at plane, it represented for the primary and final time, all 5 fighters within the 96th Check Wing stock. Included have been the F-15EX Eagle II, the F-15E Strike Eagle, the F-15C Eagle, the F-16 Combating Falcon and the A-10 Thunderbolt II. This was a really distinctive alternative to have all of the plane in the identical place on the identical time. The Eagle II solely arrived in April 2021. The A-10, an Operational Check plane, right here for 3 weeks of testing, stood in for the fortieth FLTS Det 1’s plane. The F-15C mannequin, which is being changed by the F-15EX, will exit the squadron’s stock within the close to future.

“This formation represents far more than simply the plane in it. It reveals the platforms we’ve got and proceed to check and modernize, but in addition reveals the significance of the mixing required between platforms. This formation represents the core platforms used within the Air Pressure for weapons growth. Most of our weapons previously and future have began their careers on these jets,” mentioned Lt. Col. Richard Turner, fortieth FLTS commander.


“From a historic perspective, I feel it’s picture to seize the ‘altering of the guard’ in flight take a look at from F-15C to F-15EX and the distinctive nature of take a look at squadrons working a number of plane,” mentioned Col. Douglas Creviston, 96th Operations Group commander.

A formation of 4th era fighter jets embrace the A-10, F-15 and F-16 from the fortieth Flight Check Squadron flies close to Eglin Air Pressure Base, Florida, Jan. 31, 2022.(U.S. Air Pressure photograph by Tech. Sgt. John Raven)

The historical past being made is that of fighter and weapon modernization throughout a number of plane. That solely occurs on the fortieth FLTS and the 53rd Wing’s eighty fifth Check and Analysis Squadron. Every plane within the formation is an element some sort of take a look at to improve that weapons system. The A-10 is right here for sensible weapons integration testing. The F-15 variants are every growing new enhancements to current capabilities. The F-16s are present process a serious modernization with new {hardware} and software program upgrades, whereas all platforms are vetting future weapons for use on present fifth and future sixth era fighters. With that in thoughts, the fortieth FLTS operations personnel scheduled the flights with a unit flight photographer aboard to seize the second.

The fortieth Flight Check Squadron is a United States Air Pressure unit. It’s assigned to the 96th Operations Group, based mostly at Eglin Air Pressure Base, Florida. The 96th Check Wing is a United States Air Pressure unit assigned to the Air Pressure Check Heart of Air Pressure Materiel Command at Eglin Air Pressure Base, Florida. The wing was activated at Eglin in 1994 because the 96th Air Base Wing, the headquarters for all help models on Eglin, the most important set up within the Air Pressure. The 96th Check Wing performs developmental take a look at and analysis for Air Pressure weapons whereas additionally offering help for all different models on Eglin Air Pressure Base because the set up host wing. Eglin is the Division of Protection’s largest Air Pressure set up. Supported models embrace three wings, the Armament Programs Directorate, 9 working places, 5 detachments and greater than 25 affiliate models.

 The 40th FLTS executes developmental flight tests for fourth generation fighter aircraft to include the A-10, F-15 and F-16.
TheU.S. Air Pressure fortieth Flight Check Squadron executes developmental flight assessments for fourth era fighter plane to incorporate the A-10, F-15 and F-16. (U.S. Air Pressure photograph by Tech. Sgt. John Raven)