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  • F-15E completes first successful Maritime JDAM test

    Three F-15E Strike Eagles from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron supported a test as part of the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration on Aug. 26, 2021.
  • Test milestones reached at Northern Lightning

    F-16s from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron and Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force returned to Eglin AFB August 20, 2021, after completing a successful capstone exercise in Wisconsin. The two squadrons worked hand-in-hand during Northern Lightning 2021 where the team introduced the latest F-16 software in a Large Force Exercise, and accomplished multiple test objectives including the integration of Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod equipped with Infrared Search and Tracking System technology.
  • F-15 puts tracking-system-assisted missile on target

    85th Test and Evaluation Squadron conducted the first-ever live fire of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile using an Infrared Search-and-Track system to hit QF-16 aerial target.
  • F-15EX takes to the Alaska skies for deep end test

    Just weeks after delivery to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the F-15EX – both 001 and 002 – have taken to the Alaska skies for Northern Edge 21, May 3-14, 2021.
  • Deployed fighters utilize ACE concept, execute tactical munitions ferry

    Six F-15E Strike Eagles landed here with a modified munitions configuration on Apr. 25, 2021, as part of an Agile Combat Employment operation in the U.S. Central Command theater.
  • 53rd Wing welcomes F-15EX “002”

    The 53rd Wing welcomed the second F-15EX Eagle II to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 20, 2021. Flown in by Maj. Aaron Eshkenazi, F-15 pilot, the second F-15EX showcases the 53rd Wing’s traditional “OT” tail flash and is assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron. 
  • AF’s first F-15EX arrives at Eglin

    EX1, the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft, touched down at its new home March 11 for developmental and operational testing.
  • Strike Eagle proven capable of carrying 15 JDAMs on single sortie

    The 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron successfully flew an F-15E Strike Eagle carrying six JDAMs on a single side of the aircraft on Feb 22, 2021, showcasing a proof of concept for Agile Combat Employment, known as “ACE.”
  • Team Eglin prepared, ready for F-15EX

    In less than a year, Team Eglin takes possession of the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-15EX. Big plans and procedures are underway so developmental and operational testing can begin as soon as possible when EX1 and EX2 arrives in 2021.
  • Legion Pod achieves major milestones

    The Legion Pod, known for its advanced IRST (infrared search and track) capabilities, hit two major milestones at Eglin AFB with the first missile shot of an AIM-9X using the Legion Pod on an F-15C Eagle and the first-ever flight of an operational F-16 Fighting Falcon with the Legion Pod on July 8 and 13, 2020, respectively.
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