Saturday, November 24, 2012

QF-16 at Tyndall

The first QF-16 drone arrived at Tyndall AFB FL on Friday to begin testing with the 56th WEG. The 56th has run both full scale and sub-scale drones over the Gulf of Mexico for years allowing pilots to get their first crack at shooting and air to air missile.
The first drones I saw down at Tyndall were converted F-100 Super Sabres, followed by F-106 Delta Darts to the current F-4 Phantoms.
According to the Air Force the QF-16 will offer increased training capability when they come on line in 2014. Extensive testing will be completed next year at Tyndall and Holloman AFB, NM to integrate the QF-16 into the drone force.

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