Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron
Published June 08, 2009
The 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron (Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.) operates approximately 50 full-scale QF-4 aircraft and 45 BQM-167 subscale targets to provide manned and unmanned aerial targets support for numerous USAF and DoD-directed programs. The squadron maintains three 120-foot drone recovery vessels and two smaller vessels to recover aerial targets and support range safety, patrol and salvage operations. Squadron members also operate the Air Force's only two E-9A airborne platform/telemetry relay aircraft that provide ocean surface surveillance and relay missile/target telemetry of missiles fired in over-the horizon profiles on the Gulf Range. The squadron executes an annual budget of $16 million to support three O & M contracts and more than 150 contract personnel.
Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron (Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.) operates QF-4 full-scale aerial targets for use at the White Sands Missile Range. The squadron manages all contract operations of its QF-4 fleet as part of the overall O&M contract at Tyndall. It directs USAF operations of full-scale targets in support of DoD testing programs to include the US Army's Patriot system.