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72d Test and Evaluation Squadron[1]
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72d Test and Evaluation Squadron Patch
Active 18 February 1918 - 11 July 1919
1 May 1923 - 10 March 1947
13 October 1947 - 1 February 1963
1 December 1994 - 1 July 1996
20 November 1998 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Weapon system testing and evaluation
Part of Air Combat Command
Air Force Warfare Center
53d Wing
53d Test and Evaluation Group
Garrison/HQ Whiteman Air Force Base
Engagements World War I
World War II
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
NavyPres.gif Navy PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg PPUC

The 72d Test and Evaluation Squadron (72 TES) is part of the 53d Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The squadron is geographically separated but operated from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. It conducts testing and evaluation of the B-2 Spirit aircraft.



The squadron evaluates the ability of the B-2 weapons system to support all major requirements and reports weapon system capabilities.[2]


The squadron served in France during the closing stages of World War I. It later bombed lava flowing from Mauna Loa, thereby diverting it from the city of Hilo on 27 December 1935.[1]

When the United States entered World War II the 72d flew patrols over the Pacific; from 7 December 1941-September 1942 and 8 August-2 October 1943. It went on to fly combat in South and Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations from, 26 September 1942-6 August 1943, 4 October-15 November 1943, 24 Dec 1943-2 Apr 1944, and in Southwest and Western Pacific Theater of Operations from, 18 April 1944-12 August 1945.[1]

It flew mapping reconnaissance missions over Arctic frontiers between 1947 and 1949 and long range strategic reconnaissance missions from, 1950-1954. The 72d maintained capability to deliver nuclear and conventional bombs worldwide from, 1955-1963 and 1995-1996.[1]




  • 72d Aero Squadron (1918 - 1923)
  • Redesignated 484th Aero Construction Squadron 1-Feb-1918
  • 72d Bombardment Squadron (1923 - 1939)
  • 72d Bombardment Squadron (Medium) (1939 - 1940)
  • 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) (1940 - 1944)
  • 72d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy (1944 - 1946)
  • 72d Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy (1946 - 1947)
  • 72d Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range, Photographic (1947 - 1949)
  • 72d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic (1949 - 1950)
  • 72d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Heavy (1950 - 1955)
  • 72d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy (1955 - 1994)
  • 72d Bomb Squadron (1994 - 1998)
  • 72d Test and Evaluation Squadron (1998 - Present)


Bases stationed[1]

Aircraft Operated[1]

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