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422d Test and Evaluation Squadron
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422d TES Emblem
Active 1943–1945, 1969–Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Operational Test
Engagements
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  • World War II
European Campaign (1944–1945)

The 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron (422 TES) is an United States Air Force unit based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

The squadron's World War II predecessor unit, the 422d Night Fighter Squadron was assigned to Ninth Air Force in England, as a P-61 Black Widow interceptor unit. Its mission was to defend Allied-controlled airspace over England and the liberated areas of Western Europe against night Luftwaffe attacks.

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Overview

The 422d TES is composed of aircrew and support personnel supporting six divisions of fighter and helicopter aircraft: A-10, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, F-22A and HH-60G. The 422d TES conducts operational tests for ACC on new hardware and upgrades to each of the six aircraft in a simulated combat environment. The 422d TES also develops and publishes new tactics for these aircraft.

The results of these tests directly benefit aircrews in ACC, Pacific Air Forces and United States Air Forces in Europe by providing them with operationally proven hardware and software systems.

Current tests include night covert operation by the A-10, developing UAV (Predator) employment tactics for integration with the operational mission of the F-16C, helmet-mounted sight capability for the F-15C, new avionics software updates for the F-15E and improved combat search and rescue tactics for the HH-60G.[1]

History

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Lineage

  • Constituted as 422d Night Fighter Squadron on July 14, 1943
Activated on August 1, 1943
(Not manned after May 26, 1945)
Inactivated on September 30, 1945
  • Redesignated as 422d Fighter Weapons Squadron on August 22, 1969
Activated on October 15, 1969.
Redesignated 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron on December 30, 1981

Assignments

Stations

Detachment: RAF Hurn (AAF-492), England, June 28 – July 11, 1944
Detachment: RAF Ford (AAF-362), England, July 16–26, 1944

References for lineage, assignments and stations assigned:[2] [3]

Operations History

Engaged in combat in Europe, July 3, 1944 – May 4, 1945.

The unit was reactivated in 1969 as the 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron. The squadron unit was tasked with testing and evaluating state-of-the-art weapons systems, exploiting foreign technologies, and developing leading edge tactics to improve the future combat capability of aerospace forces.

It is currently composed of aircrew and support personnel supporting six different flights of fighters and helicopter aircraft: A-10, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, F-22A and HH-60G. The results of these tests directly benefit aircrews in ACC, PACAF, and USAFE by providing them with operationally proven hardware and software systems.[4][5]

References

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

  1. ^ 53d Test And Evaluation Group Factsheet
  2. ^ Endicott, Judy G. (1999) Active Air Force wings as of 1 October 1995; USAF active flying, space, and missile squadrons as of 1 October 1995. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. CD-ROM.
  3. ^ USAFHRA Document 01128370
  4. ^ U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency, 57th Wing
  5. ^ GlobalSecurity.org 422d TES
  • Northrop P-61 Black Widow--The Complete History and Combat Record, Garry R. Pape, John M. Campbell and Donna Campbell, Motorbooks International, 1991.
  • Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

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