40th Flight Test Squadron

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40th Flight Test Squadron
3247th Test Squadron General Dynamics F-16A Block 15A Fighting Falcon 80-0573.jpg
3247th Test Squadron F-16A Fighting Falcon[note 1]
Active1940–1970; 1971–1982; --present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleFlight Testing
Part ofAir Force Materiel Command
EngagementsSouthwest Pacific Theater
Korean War[1]
DecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation<b r/Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation[1]
40th Flight Test Squadron emblem (approved 27 July 1983)[1]40thflighttestsquadron.jpg
Patch with 40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron emblem (approved 9 July 1959)[2]40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Emblem.png
40th Pursuit Squadron emblem (approved 19 June 1941)[1][3]40 Pursuit Sq emblem.png

The 40th Flight Test Squadron is a United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 96th Operations Group, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.


40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron Convair TF-102A-45-CO Delta Dagger 56-2360, Johnson AB, Japan, 1963

"Combat in Southwest and Western Pacific, 2 June 1942 – 14 August 1945. Served in the occupation force in Japan, 1945–1950. Combat in Korea, 8 July 1950 – 25 May 1951. Air defense in Japan and Korea, June 1951 – June 1965. Trained cadres for transfer to Southeast Asia, 1966–1969. Not manned, 10 May 1969 – 15 October 1970 and 1 June 1972 – 30 April 1982."[1]

Conducted test and evaluation missions, using the various aircraft, 1982–present.


40th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • Constituted as the 40th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 22 December 1939
Activated on 1 February 1940
Redesignated 40th Fighter Squadron on 15 May 1942
Redesignated 40th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 20 August 1943
Redesignated 40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 20 January 1950
Redesignated 40th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 20 June 1965
Inactivated on 15 October 1970
  • Activated on 1 October 1971
Inactivated on 30 April 1982
  • Consolidated with the 3247th Test Squadron on 1 October 1992 as the 40th Flight Test Squadron[1]
40th Flight Test Squadron
  • Designated as the 3247th Test Squadron and activated on 25 June 1982
  • Consolidated with the 40th Tactical Fighter Squadron as the 40th Test Squadron on 1 October 1992
Redesignated 40th Flight Test Squadron on 15 March 1994[1]




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Explanatory notes
  1. ^ Aircraft is General Dynamics F-16A block 15 serial 80-573 armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile and a cluster weapon on 12 May 1986. This aircraft now on display at USAF Armament Museum at Eglin AFB.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Factsheet 40 Flight Test Squadron". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 187-188
  3. ^ Hubbard, p. 720
  4. ^ Assignment information in Factsheet, 40 Flight Test Squadron, except as noted.
  5. ^ Haulman, Daniel L. (4 December 2017). "Factsheet 96 Operations Group (AFMC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  6. ^ Station information in Fact Sheet 40 Flight Test Squadron excpt as noted.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.