October 21, 2014
QF-16

The first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City

F-35 Lightning II

F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (the F-35C) at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach.

Tyndall AFB/Eglin AFB - Northwest Florida Profile

| 12/11/2013

Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City has flown the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target. Beginning next year, the modified F-16 Fighting Falcon replaces the QF-4 previously used for target practice during pilot training. Boeing is converting some fighters into drones now. They will be equipped to fly and land multiple times in manned and unmanned configurations before their final missions against live weapons on a controlled range.

Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, with the nation’s largest F-35 fleet, now has the Navy’s version of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (the F-35C). The new fighters will take off from aircraft carriers. The jet is a fifth-generation fighter that combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility. The fleet has three now and expects to get three more by the end of the year.

Tags: Technology/Innovation, Northwest

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Adam Smith on the final gubernatorial debate
Adam Smith on the final gubernatorial debate

Adam Smith, Political Editor for the Tampa Bay Times, tells you what to watch for in the final debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, which takes place Tuesday night. 

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Florida's final gubernatorial debate is tonight on CNN. Will you watch it?

  • Yes
  • No

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe