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72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron


Jan 8, 2022

The 72d Test and Evaluation Squadron 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.

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72d Test and Evaluation Squadron

Active 1918–1919; 1923–1947; 1947–1963; 1994–1996; 1998–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Weapon system testing and evaluation
Part of Air Combat Command
Garrison/HQ Whiteman Air Force Base
Engagements World War I
World War II
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
72d Test and Evaluation Squadron emblem (approved 14 February 1924)[1]
Military unit
Cape Gloucester New Guinea airdrome as a Liberator saw it during pre-invasion bombing, December 1943
Pin-up girl painted on a dumped American World War Two aircraft. Aircraft identity: B-24 Liberator bomber, serial number 44-40546, nose art Two Time, assigned to 72nd Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Group, 13th Air Force.
Squadron photo of the 72d Reconnaissance Squadron, 1948
RB-29 on the ramp in the snow at Ladd AFB 1948
RB-36H (51-13741) flying over San Francisco Bay, 1954

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The squadron is the focal point for executing operational test and evaluation of the $44.6 billion B-2 weapon system. The squadron evaluates the ability of the B-2 weapons system to support all major requirements and reports weapon system capabilities.

The unit provides experienced operations, maintenance, engineering, and analysis personnel who plan and conduct ground and flight tests, and analyze, evaluate, and report on the effectiveness and suitability of B-2 logistics support, tactics and survivability, foreign military exploitation, weapons and mission planning. The squadron reports results and conclusions to support DoD acquisition, deployment and employment decisions.[2]

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The squadron was formed in Texas in early 1918. After a period of training and organization, it departed from New York in the late summer of 1918, arriving in France on 4 September. It stayed two weeks at the Air Service Replacement Concentration Barracks, St. Maixent, then transited through Delouze Aerodrome before reaching Colombey-les-Belles Airdrome where it worked for the 1st Air Depot as “Advance Section, Serv. of Supply Air Park Squadron”. It remained in France after the armistice until June 1919, arriving back in New York and subsequently demobilized in July.[1]

Reorganized in 1923 as a reconnaissance squadron, assigned to 5th Composite Group in Hawaii as part of the islands air defense organization. Assigned to Luke Field on Ford Island. Activities included training, participating in Army-Navy maneuvers, staging aerial reviews and sowing seeds from the air for the Territorial Forestry Division. In 1935, the squadron helped save the city of Hilo, Hawaii, during the eruption of the Mauna Loavolcano. Ten Keystone B-3 and Keystone B-4 bombers from the group’s 23d and 72d Bombardment Squadrons dropped twenty 600-pound bombs around the volcano to divert molten lava away from the town.[1]

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