Meagher assumes command of 419th FLTS

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Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner

Col. Christopher Spinelli, 412th Operations Group commander (left), passes the 419th Flight Test Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Thomas Meagher during a change of command ceremony June 15, 2018, in Hangar 1210.

The 412th Test Wing’s bomber test squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., received a new commander June 15. 2018.

Lt. Col. Thomas Meagher assumed command of the 419th Flight Test Squadron during a change of command ceremony in Hanger 1210. Col. Christopher Spinelli, 412th Operations Group commander, presided over the ceremony.

Meagher takes over from Lt. Col. Miles Middleton who has commanded the squadron since 2016.

Meagher is a graduate from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (Class 11B). He previously served as the director of operations for the 586th Flight Test Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., providing test support for over 50 programs utilizing T-38 and C-12 aircraft.

Meagher has more than 1,900 hours of flying time in more than 35 types of aircraft. 

As 419th FLTS commander, Meagher will oversee the developmental test and evaluation of B-1, B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft to include maintenance, flight test engineering, flight test operations and weapons upgrades for America’s bomber fleet.