“Many team members put in 12-hour work days to meet the aggressive flying schedule, overall everything went extremely well” said Salas.
“There was a lot of teamwork and cooperation between the Edwards and Tucson personnel to make this happen,” said 1st Lt. John Whichelow, deputy program manager.
Flights are only a portion of the test planning. Capt. Michael Dostie, an operations engineer with the 416th Flight Test Squadron, was responsible for looking at the test objectives, determining the resources needed and putting together the flight schedule. “Resources included ranges, control rooms, frequency allocations, weapons requirements and aircrews,” he said.
To support the test, a group of more than 24 maintainers and engineers from the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center, along with two aircraft, deployed to Edwards, Salas said.
Kruzinauskas emphasized that the Block 30 F-16, although primarily used by the Guard and Reserve, is not just a Guard jet.
“We support the ‘Whole Air Force’ concept. These aircraft are out there flying Homeland Defense, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom,” he said.