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46th Test Wing
46th Test Wing.png
Active 20 November 1940 — present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Developmental Test and Evaluation
Part of Air Force Material Command
Garrison/HQ Eglin Air Force Base
Motto Proof by Trial
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Colonel Gary Plumb

The 46th Test Wing (46 TW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The wing operates as tenant unit at Holloman AFB, NM.



The 46 TW Executes Developmental Test and Evaluation Enabling the Warfighter to put Weapons on Target in all Battlespace Media

Subordinate Organizations

46th Operations Group (46 OG)

46th Test Group (46 TG)

46th Maintenance Group (46 MXG)




  • Established as 46 Bombardment Group (Light) on 20 Nov 1940
Activated on 15 Jan 1941
Disestablished on 1 May 1944
  • Reestablished, and consolidated (31 Jan 1984) with the 46 Aerospace Defense Wing, which was established on 10 Feb 1975
Activated on 15 Mar 1975
Inactivated on 1 Apr 1983
  • Redesignated 46 Test Wing on 24 Sep 1992
Activated on 1 Oct 1992.



  • 46 Operations Group: 8 Sep 1993-Present
  • 8 Reconnaissance (later, 87 Bombardment) Squadron: 15 Jan 1941-1 May 1944
  • 40 Test Squadron: 1 Oct 1992-8 Sep 1993
  • 46 Flying Training Squadron: 15 Mar 1975-1 Oct 1979
  • 46 Weather Squadron: 1 Oct 1992-8 Sep 1993
  • 50 Bombardment Squadron: 15 Jan 1941-1 May 1944
  • 51 Bombardment Squadron: 15 Jan 1941-1 May 1944
  • 53 Bombardment Squadron: 15 Jan 1941-1 May 1944


Aircraft and Launch Vehicles Operated


The 46th participated in anti-submarine warfare in 1942 and flew patrol and search missions off the Gulf of Mexico. In late 1943 the group mission changed to replacement training until it was deactivated in May 1944.

The 46th was reactivated, replacing the 4600th Air Base Wing in March 1975, where it took over the mission of administering facilities of North American Air Defense Command (NORAD), Air Defense Command (ADC), and Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM) located on Ent Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, and Cheyenne Mountain Complex, plus various other nearby off-base facilities. Although the provision of administrative and logistical support was the wing's primary mission, its flying training squadron served NORAD and ADC mission requirements and provided flying training for cadets at the United States Air Force Academy until 1 October 1979.

The 46th replaced the 3246th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in October 1992. It designed and performed flight and ground developmental tests with uniquely modified aircraft and facilities for conventional weapons and electronic combat systems. The wing also supported other Department of Defense components and numerous allied nations during test and exercises and managed the largest test range in the free world.

Unit Shields


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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.

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