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586th FLTS honors WWII heritage

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron sits in the paint barn after it’s been stripped. It awaits a new paint job honoring the 586th’s World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron sits in the paint barn after it’s been stripped. It awaits a new paint job honoring the 586th’s World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron sits in the paint barn after it’s been stripped. It awaits its new colors. The 586th Flight Test Squadron is repainting this T-38 in honor of their World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron sits in the paint barn after it’s been stripped. It awaits its new colors. The 586th Flight Test Squadron is repainting this T-38 in honor of their World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron sits in the paint barn awaiting World War II colors. The 586th Flight Test Squadron is repainting this T-38 in honor of their World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron sits in the paint barn awaiting World War II colors. The 586th Flight Test Squadron is repainting this T-38 in honor of their World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron sits in the paint barn being adorned with WW II namesake markings. The 586th Flight Test Squadron is repainting this T-38 in honor of their World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron sits in the paint barn being adorned with WW II namesake markings. The 586th Flight Test Squadron is repainting this T-38 in honor of their World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

Nose art on this T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron honoring the squadron’s namesake, the World War II 586th Bombardment Squadron. The 586th Flight Test Squadron repainted this T-38 in that unit’s honor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

Nose art on this T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron honoring the squadron’s namesake, the World War II 586th Bombardment Squadron. The 586th Flight Test Squadron repainted this T-38 in that unit’s honor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dwight Harp)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron flies over White Sands Missile Range showing its new paint scheme honoring its World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. The 586th Flight Test Squadron has repainted this T-38 in that livery. (Courtesy Photo)

A T-38 Talon assigned to the 586th Flight Test Squadron flies over White Sands Missile Range showing its new paint scheme honoring its World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. The 586th Flight Test Squadron has repainted this T-38 in that livery. (Courtesy Photo)

World War II Paint Scheme for 586th Flight Test Squadron Plane

World War II Paint Scheme for 586th Flight Test Squadron Plane

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

The 586th Flight Test Squadron will honor their heritage by painting a T-38 Talon, tail number 187, in a scheme reminiscent of their World War II namesake, the 586th Bombardment Squadron. The insert photo shows a WW II era Martin Marauder, B-26, SN 68160, “Kathleen” in action.

Formed in early 1943 as a Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber squadron, the 586th Bomber Squadron engaged in combat beginning in early 1944. It attacked tactical targets in France, Low Countries, later identified as Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg and Germany supporting Allied ground forces advancing after D-Day in the Northern France Campaign and the Western Allied invasion of Germany.