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July 26, 1915
Capt. Benjamin D. Foulois and his 1st Aero Squadron with eight JN-2 airplanes traveled from San Diego by train to Fort Sill, Okla. through July 29. There they participated in observation and fire control experiments with the Field Artillery School lasting through July 29.

July 26, 1937
Jacqueline Cochran, flying a Beechcraft, set the women's U.S. record of 203.895 mph for 1,000 kilometers.

July 26, 1939
A B-17 Flying Fortress, carrying a 1,123-pound load, set a 204-mph average speed record over a closed triangular course of 1,000 kilometers.

July 26, 1943
A flight of 10 P-47s destined for various units in the United Kingdom, supported by two B-24s and one C-87, flew from Presque Isle, Maine, to Prestwick, Scotland, with stops at Goose Bay, Labrador, Bluie West One, Greenland and Reykjavik, Iceland. The formation lost one P-47 in a landing accident at Greenland, while a second P-47 developed a mechanical problem on the last leg to Prestwick and had to return to Iceland. When the eight P-47s landed on Aug. 11, the pilots achieved the first, last, and only flight of single-engine fighters (reciprocating engines) across the Atlantic in World War II. The pilots from the 2nd Ferrying Group at Newcastle Army AB in Wilmington, Del., included Capt. Barry Goldwater, who ran for President in 1964.

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Detachment 1 (Edwards AFB, Calif.)
Mission:
Lead agency for accomplishing Block 2 and 3 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation of the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
Contact Information: (661) 275-2120

Detachment 2 (Eglin AFB, Fla.)
Mission: To evaluate operational system(s) mission capability, effectiveness, and suitability for Air Force and multiservice users by conducting impartial and realistic operational evaluations and assessments.
Contact Information: (850) 883-1089

Detachment 4 (Peterson AFB, Colo.)
Mission: Operationally tests space, missile, and missile defense capabilities in the battlespace environment for the warfighter.
Contact Information: (719) 556-5850

Detachment 5 (Edwards AFB, Calif.)
Mission: To ensure warfighters and logisticians have the right tools for the job....Permitting them to effectively and safely accomplish their mission.
Contact Information: (661) 277-3666

Detachment 6 (Nellis AFB, Nev.)
Mission:
To plan and conduct realistic, objective, and impartial operational test and evaluation of fighter aircraft. 
Contact Information: (702) 652-4325
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A brief History and Heritage of AFOTEC

Mission:
AFOTEC tests and evaluates
new warfighting capabilities
in operationally realistic environments,
influencing and informing
national resource decisions.

AFOTEC Public Affairs
AFOTEC.PA.Workflow@us.af.mil
HQ AF Operational
Test & Evaluation Center
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117
Phone: 505-846-8513
DSN: 246-8513

Last Reviewed: 02/07/2014

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