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Posted 4/7/2008 Printable Fact Sheet
416 Flight Test Squadron Emblem
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Lineage. Constituted 26th Reconnaissance Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Redesignated 416th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 22 Apr 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Redesignated 416th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 20 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 8 Nov 1945. Redesignated 416th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 3 Jul 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 17 Jul 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Consolidated (1 Oct 1992) with 6516th Test Squadron which was designated, and activated, on 10 Mar 1989. Redesignated: 416th Test Squadron on 2 Oct 1992; 416th Flight Test Squadron on 1 Mar 1994.

Assignments. 99th Bombardment Group, 1 Jun 1942-8 Nov 1945. 99th Bombardment Group, 17 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. 6510th (later, 412th) Test Wing, 10 Mar 1989; 412th Operations Group, 1 Oct 1993-.

Stations. MacDill Field, FL, 1 Jun 1942; Pendleton Field, OR, 29 Jun 1942; Gowen Field, ID, 28 Aug 1942; Walla Walla, WA, 30 Sep 1942; Sioux City AAB, IA, 17 Nov 1942-3 Jan 1943; Navarin, Algeria, 25 Mar 1943; Oudna, Tunisia, 5 Aug 1943; Tortorella Afld, Italy, 14 Dec 1943; Marcianise, Italy, c. 27 Oct-8 Nov 1945. Robins AAFld (later, AFB), GA, 17 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. Edwards AFB, CA, 10 Mar 1989-.

Aircraft. B-17, 1942-1945. Unkn, 1947-1949. F-16, 1989-.

Operations. Combat in MTO and ETO 31 Mar 1943-26 Apr 1945. Flight testing of the F-16, 1989-present.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Sicily, 5 Jul 1943; Austria, 23 Apr 1944. 

Emblem. Celeste, on a pile bendwise sinister Azure two mullets of four in pale Argent, issuant from base a mound and issuant from dexter chief a contrail arcing to base in perspective and an additional arc in dexter base Or, overall an eagle stooping in silhouette Sable all within a diminished bordure of the last. Approved on 10 Oct 1995; replaced emblems approved on 24 May 1990 (DFSC 91-0302) and 11 Jan 1943 (10043 A.C.).

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