U.S. Air Force’s Premier Test Wing Revamps Ahead Of B-21, NGAD

Boeing F-15EX fighter aircraft
A recent live-fire test of an AIM-120 missile by an F-15EX came months sooner because of organizational changes in the 53rd Wing.
Credit: 1st Lt. Lindsey Heflin/U.S. Air Force
Verifying that a new U.S. Air Force weapon system is operationally suitable and reliable is the job of the service’s 53rd Wing. So, for them, the Lockheed Martin F-35A’s nearly 3.5-year-long journey through a key series of operational testing is a problem. The Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider is...

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