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1 Air and Space Test Squadron (AFSPC)

Lineage. Constituted 1 Photographic Squadron on 22 Dec 1939. Activated on 1 Feb 1940. Redesignated: 1 Mapping Squadron on 13 Jan 1942; 1 Photographic Mapping Squadron on 9 Jun 1942; 1 Photographic Charting Squadron on 11 Aug 1943; 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Heavy on 10 Nov 1944; 1 Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range, Photographic-RCM on 4 Oct 1945; 1 Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range, Photographic on 13 Nov 1945. Inactivated on 10 Mar 1947. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948. Reconstituted, and consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with 1 Test Squadron, which was constituted on 12 Sep 1969. Activated on 15 Oct 1969. Inactivated on 30 Oct 1991. Redesignated 1 Air and Space Test Squadron on 28 Oct 2003. Activated on 1 Dec 2003.

Assignments. Office of Chief of Air Corps, 1 Feb 1940; 1 Photographic (later, 1 Mapping; 1 Photographic Charting) Group, 10 Jun 1941; 11 Photographic Group, 1 Dec 1943; 311 Photographic Wing, 5 Oct 1944; Second Air Force, 10 Nov 1944 (attached to Eighth Air Force, c. 9 Sep 1945); 311 Reconnaissance Wing, 4 Oct 1945 (attached to United States Army Strategic Air Forces, 4 Oct 1945; Far East Air Forces, 21 Nov 1945; VII Bomber Command, 10 Dec 1945; Eighth Air Force, Mar 1946; 1 Air Division, 7 Jun 1946); Far East Air Forces, 3 Feb 1947; Thirteenth Air Force (attached to 5 Reconnaissance Group), 11 Feb-10 Mar 1947. 6 Air Division, 15 Oct 1969; Thirteenth Air Force 15 Dec 1969; 405 Fighter Wing, 20 Apr 1970; 3 Tactical Fighter Wing, 16 Sep 1974; 6200 Tactical Fighter Training Group, 1 Jan 1980-30 Oct 1991. 30 Launch Group, 1 Dec 2003-.

Stations. Bolling Field, DC, 1 Feb 1940; Bradley Field, CT, 5 Dec 1941; MacDill Field, FL, 15 Jan 1944 (deployed to Accra, Gold Coast, British West Africa, 11 Mar-13 Oct 1944); Smoky Hill AAFld, KS, 26 Oct 1944-31 Jul 1945; Kadena, Okinawa, 9 Sep 1945; Clark Field, Philippines, 11 Feb-10 Mar 1947. Clark AB, Philippines, 15 Oct 1969-30 Oct 1991. Vandenberg AFB, CA, 1 Dec 2003-.

Commanders. Maj Donald G. Stitt, 1 Feb 1940; Maj Minton W. Kaye, 15 Nov 1940; Capt Charles P. Hollstein, 10 Jun 1941; Maj Richard W. Philbrick, by May 1942; Maj Albert M. Welsh, Dec 1942; Maj Foster S. Randle Jr., Apr 1944; Lt Col Albert M. Welsh, 16 Nov 1944; Maj Foster S. Randle Jr., 10 Oct 1945; Maj Howard E. Brown, 17 Dec 1945; unkn, Jan-Mar 1947. Lt Col William E. Powers, 15 Oct 1969; Lt Col William R. Martin, 21 Aug 1970; Lt Col William J. Watson, 27 Jun 1972; Lt Col Don O. Quane, 30 Jun 1973; Lt Col Jerry N. Hoblit, 17 Jan 1975; Lt Col James R. Alley, 25 Feb 1977; Lt Col Charles N. Nielsen, 20 Nov 1978; Lt Col Charles H. Holden, 30 Jun 1980; Lt Col Roger L. Prather, 21 Jun 1982; Lt Col Michael F. Tedesco, 1 Jun 1984; Lt Col Willard H. Whitley, by Jan 1986; Lt Col Robert F. Fischer, by Feb 1987; unkn, Jan 1988-30 Oct 1991.

Aircraft. C-8, 1940; B-10, 1940; C-45/F-2, 1940; 1946-1947; A-29, 1941-1942; A-20/F-3, 1942; B-24/F-7, 1942-1945; B-34, 1942-1944; B-25, 1943; B-17/F-9, 1943-1944; B-29/F-13, 1944-1947; L-4, 1946; L-5, 1946-1947. F-4, 1969-unkn (at least thru 1989); BQM-34A, 1969-1989; F-15, 1980-unkn (at least thru 1989); F-16, 1982-unkn (at least thru 1989); MQM-107D, 1989-unkn.

Operations. Mapped areas of the United States, 1940-1943; Alaska, Canada, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Greenland, 1941-1943; Africa, Middle East, India, and China, 1943-1944; Italy, Sicily, and Sardinia, 1944; and the Far East, 1945-1947. Conducted weapons system evaluation, known as COMBAT SAGE, of F-4 aircraft from 1969, of F-15 aircraft from 1980, and of F-16 aircraft from 1982, until shortly before inactivation. Also trained visiting aircrews in weapons employment and tactics.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater; World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Theater; World War II Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 3 Apr-31 May 1975; 1 Jul 1976-30 Jun 1977; 1 Apr 1980-31 Mar 1982; 1 Jul 1985-30 Jun 1987; 1 Jun 1988-1 Jun 1990. Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation: 21 Jul-15 Aug 1972.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 3 Dec 2003.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 1989.

Supersedes statement prepared on 3 Oct 1985.

Emblem. Approved on 3 Oct 1941; however, emblem does not meet current standards, and unit may submit a new design in accordance with AFI 84-105.

Prepared by A. Timothy Warnock.

Approved by Judy G. Endicott.