3246th Test Wing
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|3246th Test Wing|
3246th Test Wing - Emblem
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|Motto||"Proof by Test"|
The 3246th Test Wing was a flight test component of the Air Proving Ground Center, later Armament Development Test Center, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and was activated 1 July 1970 to provide weapon and countermeasures test duties. It was replaced by the 46th Test Wing in October 1992.
This unit is notable for operating the last active-duty USAF F-4D Phantom II (68-8800), relegated to the Eglin target range in July 1992. It carried the logo "Phantoms Phorever 1963-1992". 68-8800 has been sitting on the ramp at Pierce Field (Eglin Auxiliary Field #2) since retirement. It is there in 2012.
Assigned to the 3246th Test Wing was the 3247th Test Squadron, which inherited F-4C/D/E and RF-4C Phantom II aircraft formerly assigned to the Air Proving Ground Center's 4533d Test Wing. The 3247th aircraft carried AD and ET tail codes, and a white tailband with red diamonds.
- 6585th Test Group, 1 January 1984 – 1 October 1992
- 3247th Test Squadron, 1 July 1970 – 25 June 1982
- Inactivated and combined with: 40th Test Squadron, 25 June 1982-1 October 1992
- Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 1 July 1970 – 1 October 1992
- A-10A Thunderbolt II
- YA-10B Thunderbolt II
- C-131B Samaritan
- C-130 Hercules
- F-4 Phantom II
- RF-4C Phantom II
- F-15 Eagle
- F-15E Strike Eagle
- F-16 Fighting Falcon
- F-100D Super Sabre
- General Dynamics F-111A
- General Dynamics F-111E
- T-38 Talon
- CT-39A Sabreliner
- HH-1H, UH-1N Huey
- UH-60 Black Hawk
- Thornbororough, Anthony M., and Davies, Peter E., "The Phantom Story", Arms and Armour Press, A Cassell Imprint, London, UK, 1994, ISBN 1-85409-121-2, page 278.
- Martin, Patrick. Tail Code: The Complete History of USAF Tactical Aircraft Tail Code Markings. Schiffer Military Aviation History, 1994. ISBN 0-88740-513-4. Image source listed as United States Air Force