The WILLIAM TELL AIR-TO-AIR WEAPONS MEET (WT) began in 1954, when highly talented teams from units across the USAF came together to test all aspects of air-to-air combat. Unfortunately, real-world commitments and increased pace of operations drove the Air Force to end the competition in 2004 on its 50th anniversary. The competition highlighted the critical camaraderie that participants develop in a competition environment. There, elite teams drove each other to be better and helped Airmen understand their true limits and capabilities. There were few things Airmen could achieve that were as honorable as being selected to be on their unit’s William Tell team.
However, the spirit of Air Superiority and its associated culture of excellence suffered due to nearly 20 years of prolonged combat in a permissive environment. Now, after two decades, WT is back to reinvigorate Air Superiority competition and demonstrate the USAF’s lethal capabilities.
The advanced scenarios and experienced competitors provide the opportunity to develop new tactics and technology, codify lessons learned in combat, and encourage industry to improve missile technology. Previously, WT had a direct positive impact on combat readiness and Air Superiority unlike anything else in the Air Force.
The approval for restarting WT matches the resourcing and efforts by Air Combat Command to rapidly modernize air superiority fighters for conflict. WT will take place at the Air Dominance Center, Savannah, GA, and will focus on developing and valuing elite teams that excel under pressure in various scenarios; developing leaders in areas of critical interest such as Multi Capable Airmen and Agile Combat Employment.
To be clear, while we are coordinating William Tell 2023 support with the 1st Fighter Wing & ADC, morale
events and sponsorships are NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OR US AIR FORCE WHATSOEVER. NO FEDERAL ENDORSEMENT INTENDED OR IMPLIED. Thanks in advance for your support!