Edwards Test Squadron’s New Patch Teases 6th Generation Aircraft Silhouette | Aviation

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The 445th Test Squadron patch (Reader’s submission)

The recently reactivated 445th Test Squadron has a new patch that features, among the other things, an interesting NGAD-like aircraft silhouette.

The U.S. Air Force as well as the U.S. aerospace industry have been teasing NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) or, more broadly, next generation manned fighter currently being developed for some years.

To add to the series of hints, the recently reactivated 445th Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California, has just adopted a new squadron patch which features an NGAD-like aircraft, along with the B-21 Raider, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II.

As we have also said commenting the other graphics (both those of the U.S. Air Force and the industry), the squadron may have simply picked a random, stylized, fictional aircraft that has nothing to do with the real thing; however, the presence in the patch of a sixth generation aircraft is remarkable as it marks yet another step towards the revelation of the NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) prototypes.

445th Test Squadron today

According to the U.S. Air Force, the squadron is a child unit to the 412th Electronic Warfare Group of the 412th Test Wing, with a history dating back to 1943 as the 445th Fighter Squadron (Special), assigned to the 50th Fighter Group, as a training unit. It later became the first squadron designated solely for fighter jets. It was reactivated as a consolidated Test Operations Squadron under the 412th Operations Group, in March 2004.  In this role it conducted projects unaffiliated with any of the Wing’s Combined Test Forces and flew F-16s for photo and safety chase.  It served the 412th Operations Group in that capacity until it was inactivated again on May 1, 2015..

The 445th Test Squadron was reactivated on Jun. 29, 2022, and its primary mission, will be the Joint Simulation Environment “which will provide a state-of-the-art modeling and simulation environment to…

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