339th Flight Test Squadron
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|339th Flight Test Squadron|
Eddie Minter, C-130 functional test work lead, mets with MSgt. Tony Valente, flight engineer to look over work records before a testflight of an MC-130E
|Active||1942 – present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Robins AFB, Georgia|
|339th Flight Test Squadron emblem|
The 339th Flight Test Squadron is a United States Air Force unit based at Robins AFB, Georgia. It is part of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, with a mission to certify aircraft as worthy to return to service. The squadron is responsible for conducting flight tests on the C-130 Hercules, the C-5 Galaxy and F-15 Eagle after program depot maintenance is completed.
Along with their flight test responsibilities, the squadron also picks up and delivers aircraft including battle damaged aircraft to locations where they are needed or can be repaired.
The squadron is also considered the subject matter experts for the plane's systems and many times their phone rings when Airmen around the world are having mechanical malfunctions and need to know how to fly or land safely.
- Constituted 339th Fighter Squadron on 29 September 1942
- Activated on 3 October 1942
- Redesignated: 339th Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine)on 23 February 1943
- Redesignated: 339th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine, on 20 August 1943
- Inactivated on 1 January 1946
- Redesignated 339th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 13 July 1946
- Activated on 25 August 1946
- Redesignated: 339th Fighter Squadron (All Weather) on 20 February 1947
- Redesignated: 339th Fighter Squadron, All Weather, on 10 August 1948
- Redesignated: 339th Fighter-All Weather Squadron on 20 January 1950
- Redesignated: 339th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 25 April 1951
- Inactivated on 15 January 1958
- Redesignated: 339th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 19 December 1975
- Activated on 30 December 1975
- Inactivated on 1 July 1983 (personnel and aircraft reactivated as 69th Tactical Fighter Squadron)
- Consolidated (1 October 1992) with the 2875th Test Squadron, which was designated, and activated, on 15 January 1988.
- Redesignated: 339th Test Squadron on 1 October 1992
- Redesignated: 339th Flight Test Squadron on 15 March 1994
Combat in South and Southwest Pacific, c. 22 October 1942 – 8 August 1945. Air defense in Japan, 1946-1958. Combat in Korea, 27 June – 5 July 1950. Tested possible modifications for various weapons systems, 1988-.
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