3235th Drone Squadron
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|3235th Drone Squadron|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
Organized as "Detachment 2", 3201st Air Base Support Squadron, on 26 April 1950, Mission was to maintain and operate provide services and material to support operations of aviation activities and units. Operated QB/DB-17 Flying Fortress drone/director aircraft drones as flying targets for the Naval Point Mugu developmental and evaluation tests.
The unmanned B-17 drones were guided by pilots flying in motherhship B-17s and the drone aircraft were used as target practice by fighter jets using missiles. Since the missiles they used were without warheads the drones, when hit, were guided back to the ground. They were then repaired and reused for other missions, including ground to air attacks.
Inactivated in 1957 with the end of the B-17 target drone program.
- Organized as 3235th Drone Squadron on 1 July 1953
- Discontinued on 1 January 1957
- 3205th Drone Group, 1 July 1953 – 1 January 1957
- NAS Point Mugu, CA. 1 July 1953 – 1 January 1957
- DB-17P Flying Fortress (Director Aircraft)
- QB-17L Flying Fortress (Drone Aircraft)
- QB-17N Flying Fortress (Drone Aircraft)
- E-mail communication, AFHRA, Lineage and Honors History, 3225th Drone Squadron, 10 August 2012