Flight Test Squadron

Performance Metrics

  • Maximum Speed: 199 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 144 mph (232 km/h or 125 kn) at 10,000 ft
  • Range: 1,060 mi (921 nm)
  • Service Ceiling: 19,800 ft
  • Rate of Climb: 1,180 ft/min

Size Metrics

  • Length: 29 ft 9 in
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in
  • Height: 9 ft 4 in

Building on top of years of Naval Aviation experience, Fuse has expanded its organic test capabilities to include organic flight testing. The Fuse Flight Test Squadron was established in 2019 with a rebuilt USAF O-2A aircraft modified for flight test operations. Our aircraft provides an incredibly flexible platform for testing of sensor and communications systems. Four MIL-STD-8591 under-wing mounting pylons are available, each able to carry 300 lbs of payload. The aircraft also includes an internal system rack able to carry hardware with seats for the pilot plus three crewmembers.

The Fuse Flight Test Squadron makes use of a USAF O-2A aircraft. Of course, being a company of Naval Aviators meant we had to repaint the aircraft with Navy markings.

Working closely with an FAA representative gives our test squadron the ability to quickly and safely modify the platform to meet unique test requirements. Pods, antennas, sensors, and other subsystems can be integrated and tested quickly and safely.

The Fuse Flight Test Squadron is based out of San Diego. Our pilots have thousands of hours of military aviation experience as well as intimate knowledge of flight testing with agencies including the US Navy, Marine Corps, NASA, CBP, and others. The Fuse team has experience working through government test requirements with US Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force coordination.

Incremental flight testing can make a significant difference in system design, development and performance. Build-test-build cycles can be accelerated when real data is collected from flight activities. If you have systems you need flown for test in southern California or anywhere across North America, reach out to Fuse to schedule a flight.