The US Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 ‘Force’ is where cutting-edge systems are put through their paces. Gert Kromhout reports from the development unit’s base at NAS Patuxent River.


Feel the ‘Force’! A VX-20 E-2C and C-2A perform a flyover of the US Navy’s latest guidedmissile destroyer USS ‘Zumwalt’ last October. Few US military flying units can boast such a diverse fleet as VX-20, and the squadron plays a critical role in bringing new and modified aircraft and systems to the fleet. James Deboer

NAVAL AIR Station Patuxent River in Maryland is the cradle of US Navy development flight-testing. A good proportion of this highprofile work is carried out by the resident Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 (VX-20), which is responsible for all phases of aircraft life-cycle evaluation, especially developmental tests. As the US Navy’s development trials unit for fixed-wing maritime patrol and reconnaissance, assault support, strategic airborne communications, airborne early warning and carrier on-board delivery mission aircraft, VX-20 plays a vital role.

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