Thursday, March 19, 2015

First production QF-16 arrives

Post-flight check of QF-16 after Tyndall arrival
Courtesy photo
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first Air Force Lot 1 production QF-16 arrived at Tyndall Air Force Base March 11. It's the first of 13 deliveries to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. This is the first production QF-16 aircraft to be delivered off of the Drone Peculiar Equipment production line. The QF-16 will replace the legacy QF-4 as the next generation representative aerial target, with missions that encompass manned combat training profiles and unmanned live-fire threat scenarios at Tyndall and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 82nd ATRS is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin AFB. (Source: 96th Test Wing Public Affairs, 03/19/15) The first QF-16 for developmental testing arrived at Tyndall in November 2012. 2013 background article