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3246th Test Wing

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Active  1970-1992
Role  Testing
Country  United States
Motto(s)  "Proof by Test"
3246th Test Wing
Branch  United States Air Force

The 3246th Test Wing was a flight test component of the Air Proving Ground Center, later Armament Division, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and was activated 1 July 1970 to provide weapon and countermeasures test duties. It was replaced by the 46th Test Wing in October 1992.


This unit is notable for operating the last active-duty USAF F-4D Phantom II (68-8800), relegated to the Eglin target range in July 1992. It carried the logo "Phantoms Phorever 1963-1992". 68-8800 has been sitting on the ramp at Pierce Field (Eglin Auxiliary Field #2) since retirement. It is there in 2012.


Assigned to the 3246th Test Wing was the 3247th Test Squadron, which inherited F-4C/D/E and RF-4C Phantom II aircraft formerly assigned to the Air Proving Ground Center's 4533d Test Wing. The 3247th aircraft carried AD and ET tail codes, and a white tailband with red diamonds.


  • 6585th Test Group, 1 January 1984 – 1 October 1992
  • 3247th Test Squadron, 1 July 1970 – 25 June 1982
  • Inactivated and combined with: 40th Test Squadron, 25 June 1982-1 October 1992


  • Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 1 July 1970 – 1 October 1992
  • Aircraft

  • A-10A Thunderbolt II
  • YA-10B Thunderbolt II
  • C-131B Samaritan
  • C-130 Hercules
  • F-4 Phantom II
  • RF-4C Phantom II
  • F-15 Eagle
  • F-15E Strike Eagle
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • F-100D Super Sabre
  • General Dynamics F-111A
  • General Dynamics F-111E
  • T-38 Talon
  • CT-39A Sabreliner
  • HH-1H, UH-1N Huey
  • UH-60 Black Hawk
  • References

    3246th Test Wing Wikipedia

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