Saturday, July 25, 2015

Last QF-4 leaves Tyndall

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The last QF-4 from the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron (ATS) left Tyndall Air Force Base Friday. Piloted by Lt. Col. Todd Houchins, commander of the 53rd Test Support Squadron, the QF-4 is flying cross-country to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., where the jet will remain for its final missions. The F-4 originally was used as a fighter aircraft during the Vietnam War, but it began serving Tyndall as a QF-4 aerial target in 1997. The departure of the QF-4 marks the full transition for the 82nd ATS to the QF-16. Like the QF-4, the QF-16 is a full-scale aerial target that can be flown manned or unmanned. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 07/24/15)