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339th Flight Test Squadron
339fts-emblem.jpg
Emblem of the 339th Flight Test Squadron
Active 1942-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Flight Testing
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg KSMRib.svg
  • World War II
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1943-1945)
  • Korean Service (1950-1953)

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 the fight. 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.

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History

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Lineage

  • Constituted 339th Fighter Squadron on 29 Sep 1942
Activated on 3 Oct 1942
Redesignated: 339th Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine)on 23 Feb 1943
Redesignated: 339th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine, on 20 Aug 1943
Inactivated on 1 Jan 1946
  • Redesignated 339th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 13 Jul 1946
Activated on 25 Aug 1946
Redesignated: 339th Fighter Squadron (All Weather) on 20 Feb 1947
Redesignated: 339th Fighter Squadron, All Weather, on 10 Aug 1948
Redesignated: 339th Fighter-All Weather Squadron on 20 Jan 1950
Redesignated: 339th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 25 Apr 1951
Inactivated on 15 Jan 1958
  • Redesignated: 339th Tactical Fighter Squadron on 19 Dec 1975
Activated on 30 Dec 1975
Inactivated on 1 Jul 1983
  • Consolidated (1 Oct 1992) with the 2875th Test Squadron, which was designated, and activated, on 15 Jan 1988.
Redesignated: 339th Test Squadron on 1 Oct 1992
Redesignated: 339th Flight Test Squadron on 15 Mar 1994

Assignments

347th Fighter Group, 3 Oct 1942-1 Jan 1946
347th Fighter (later, 347th Fighter-All Weather) Group, 20 Feb 1947
Received personnel and aircraft from inctivated 6th Night Fighter Squadron, 20 Feb 1947
Attached to 35th Fighter [later, 35th Fighter-Interceptor] Wing, 1 Jul 1949-1 Dec 1950
314th Air Division, 1 Dec 1950
Attached to the 6162d Air Base Wing, 1 Dec 1950-24 May 1951
Attached to the 35th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 25 May 1951-20 Jul 1954
  • Japan Air Defense Force, 1 Mar 1952
Attached to 49th Fighter-Bomber Wing, 20 Jul-18 Nov 1954
Attached to the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 18 Nov 1954-15 Sep 1957
39th Air Division, 1 Mar 1955-15 Jan 1958

Stations

Detachment operated from Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 3 Oct 1942-1 Dec 1943
Operated from Morotai, Maluku Islands13 Feb-25 Mar 1945

Aircraft Operated

Operations

Combat in South and Southwest Pacific, c. 22 Oct 1942-8 Aug 1945. Air defense in Japan, 1946-1958. Combat in Korea, 27 Jun-5 Jul 1950. Tested possible modifications for various weapons systems, 1988-.

References

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Northrop P-61 Black Widow--The Complete History and Combat Record, Garry R. Pape, John M. Campbell and Donna Campbell, Motorbooks International, 1991.
  • Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0892010975
  • Wartime Service of Northrop P-61 Black Widow

See also


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