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William Tell

     

WILLIAM TELL WEAPONS MEET

 

 

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Main Gate Camp New Amsterdam during "William Tell" 1965
Credit: USAF / KLu/ Photoflight SSB

 

In June 1954, the USAF’s World Wide Weapons Meet now known as
“William Tell”
began as a separate air-to-air rocketry competition.
The Air Defense Command and Air Training Command were the only
competitors of the first meet.
In 1956, the meet was unofficially given the name of  "William Tell"
and had expanded to include nine teams representing
seven major air commands. This third meet was the last held in Arizona.

Two years later, Tyndall AFB, FL., became the home for the
USAF Worldwide Air-to-Air Weapons Meet.
The radio controlled Q-2A drone target made its first appearances
during this meet and for the first time, competitors were divided into three categories,
one for each aircraft participating.

William Tell 1965 was the largest in history with 16 teams and four categories.
After a five-year period, imposed by the Vietnam War,
William Tell resumed at Tyndall AFB with nine teams competing.

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The 32nd TFS - CAMP NEW AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, walked away with the top team.

With the reorganization of air defense forces in 1979,
TAC assumed sponsorship for William Tell.
The first TAC-sponsored meet in 1980 included 10 teams from active duty
F-4 and F-106 units, ANG F-4, F-106 and F-101 units,
and a Canadian Forces CF-101 unit.

In 1982,  Tactical Air Command officially changed the name
of the meet to the USAF Air-to-Air Weapons Meet.
That meet also marked the return of the
Pacific Air Forces and the USAF in Europe to the competition,
and the first appearance of the F-15 Eagles.


William Tell 1984 saw the introduction of the
supersonic QF-100 full-scale drone as a William Tell target
and was the first meet in which only full-scale drones were used as missile targets.


Eight teams competed and the 32nd TFS - CAMP NEW AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands walked away with the top team award for the second time.

The 1990 competition was canceled due to Operation Desert Shield/Storm
and resumed in 1992, held by the newly formed Air Combat Command.

After an eight year break, the Air Combat Command announced it would host the next
William Tell in the first weeks of November of 2004, meets 50th Anniversary.
On Thursday October 14 the very last flight of the 2004 William Tell was mission
that crowned the last Champion in the history of the contest.

The Air Combat Command intended to  continue the competition on a regular rotation,
with the commands air to ground competition "Gunsmoke" to be held one year,
William Tell the next, unfortunately this plan never took place.
There are no plans at this time to continue the tradition of the William Tell Weapons Meet.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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