A squadron in air force, army aviation, or naval aviation is a unit comprising a number of military aircraft and their aircrews, usually of the same type, typically with 12 to 24 aircraft, sometimes divided into three or four flights, depending on aircraft type and air force.
JASDF Phantom Farewell
After 48 years the Japanese Self Defence Force (JASDF) bid farewell to the F-4EJ Phantom II when 301 Hikotai ceased Phantom operation on 20 November 2020. Japan was one of the last Countries in the world operating the type, attracting lots of aviation enthusiasts to the country to see the “Spooks” in action.
Blue Wings 2020
Six Israeli F-16C/Ds Barak fighters, 2 KC707s and a G550 CAEW visited the German airbase at Norvenich. They took part in a two week combined exercise called Blue Wings 2020, starting 17 till 28 August. Unique as this was the first time the Israeli Defence Air Force (IDF-AF) set foot on German soil. Also unique as the IDF-AF isn’t often seen this Northerly in Europe.
Frisian Flag 2019
Every year Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year the Bulldogs from Duluth joint. This 179th Fighter Squadron fly’s the dark colored F-16C. Other participants included Dutch, German, French, Swiss and Polish units. In two week’s time, the aircraft flew two sorties a day exercising several scenario’s.
During the 80s and 90s, the F-14 Tomcat was the backbone of the US Navy. The F-14s seen combat action in Vietnam, both Gulf wars, missions against Libya and even in the Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Tomcats were divided amongst 31 fighting squadrons, most of the time carrier-based, and several test- and training units. These squadrons included the famous Wolfpack, Sundowners and Jolly Rogers.
Frisian Flag 2018
Every year Leeuwarden AB in the Northern part of the Netherlands is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year two USAF F-15 ANG units joint amongst Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Polish units. In two week’s time, the aircraft flew two sorties a day exercising several scenario’s. Highlight of this year was the participation of two Polish MiG-29s.
Frisian Flag 2017
Every year Leeuwarden AB is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year two USAF F-15 ANG units joint amongst Dutch, German, Belgium, French, English and Portuguese units. In two week’s time, the aircraft flew two sorties a day over the North sea West of Denmark.
Eagle deployment Europe
First ever USAF Air National Guard deployment to Europe as a theater security force. 12 Eagles from both Florida and Oregon ANG are based on Leeuwarden AB in the Netherlands. While their they will also participate in the annual Frisian Flag exercise.
Frisian Flag 2015
Frisan Flag is a big combined NATO exercise in the Northern part of Europe, operated from Leeuwarden AB, Netherlands. This year a two deployed US ANG squadrons will participate. Other participants are Poland, Germany, Spain, Finland, Norway and the Netherland.
22nd Test and Evaluation squadron has a unique task. Before any hardware (aircraft) or software is accepted in the US Air Force, it’s operationally tested by the 422nd TES. Known as the “Green Bats” the squadron is part of the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group and operate out of Las Vegas, Nellis Air Force Base. Because of their task they fly the latest and greatest, like the F-22 and F-35. In this article we look into the history and current status of the squadron.
Nato Tiger Meet 2011
This year, the annual Nato Tiger Meet, or NTM, was held at BA Cambrai in France. Host was the Escadron de Chasse 01.012. The NTM started at May 9th and ended 20th of May. John Redeker visited Cambrai on the 17th.
Nato Tiger Meet (NTM) 2009
This year, the annual Nato Tiger Meet, or NTM, was held at the Belgium airbase of Kleine Brogel in the North of Belgium. Host of this edition was the Belgium 31 “Tiger” squadron which is part of 10 wing, based at Kleine Brogel. The exercise was held from 14 till 20th of September 2009.
Belgian F-16 delivery to Jordan
On September 10 2008 the first 4 of 12 former Belgian Air Force (2 and 10 Wg) F-16AM/BM’s were delivered from Kleine Brogel AB, Belgium.
Frisian Flag 2008
During the First two weeks of April, the exercise ‘Frisian Flag 2008’ was held at Leeuwarden AB, in the northern part of The Netherlands. AviaMagazine was present on several day's of the exercise including F-4's and Rafales.
510th Fighter Squadron
Of course not all F-16 squadrons fly with the ANG. Some squadrons are based abroad, like the 510 and 555FS in Italy. AviaMagazine.com looks into the history and present state of the "Buzzards" squadron (510FS) located at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Dutch F-16 Delivery to Chile, Part 2
On Thursday April 5th another 6 F-16AM&BM’s left the Netherlands for their new home base in Chili. They will be stationed at Cerro Moreno Air Base with Grupo No.8 The Vipers delivered this time were in standard RnethAF camo and markings (no one carried squadronmarkings). They will be repainted in Chili.
Dutch Vipers to Springfield
In 2006 the Dutch Ministery of Defence decided after a study to station 14 F-16AM/BM’s at Springfield Beckley MAP, Ohio to train Dutch pilots. On Monday April 16th, 6 F-16’s left Leeuwarden Air Base for a non stop ferry flight to Springfield.
114th Fighter Squadron
Unlike most ANG units, the 114th Oregon ANG moved from F-16 to operate the F-15 Eagle. AviaMagazine.com looks into the history and present state of the ANG F-15 Eagle fighter school located at Kingsley Field, OR.
Dutch F-16 Delivery to Chile
AviaMagazine is proud to present the exclusive first picture of the former Dutch F-16s on Chile ground in Chile markings, during the delivery flight.
Ample Train 2006
The live logistics exercise Ample Train is taking place from 7 till 10 april at Volkel AB, The Netherlands. The aim of Exercise Ample Train is to focus specifically on logistics and provide training for intensive fighter aircraft ground crew, free from the pressures of a normal air exercise. In concrete terms, ground crew personnel is being trained in duties such as refuelling, carrying out pre and post flight safety checks, and ensuring weapon safety if the aircraft is armed. AviaMagazine was present.
Frisian Flag 2005
Every year Leeuwarden AB in the Northern part of the Netherlands is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year with guests from the Germany, Sweden, UK (Jaguars) and Finland (F-18C).
RNLAF F-16 solo display
After several years, the RNLAF replaced it´s demo F-16 (J-016) with a new airframe J-055 and a complete new color scheme. AviaMagazine already was the first site worldwide to show you the first pictures off the rollout at Woensdrecht AB on March 31. Now we're proud to present exclusive pictures of the first acceptation demo held at Woensdrecht AB on April 21st.
Normally lots of F-16's and Tornado's can be seen on a TLP edition, but this edition the majority were F-4 Phantoms; 6 German F-4F ICE and 4 F-4E's from 338 Mira.
112th Fighter Squadron
Like most ANG units, the 112th Ohio ANG also operates the F-16. The history of the 112th started just after the WW I, flying numerous aircraft types, including Consolidated PT-1 F-51s, F-84s, F-100s and A-7s. AviaMagazine.com looks into the history and present state of the "Stingers" squadron located at Toledo Express Airport, Ohio.
This year six TLP courses were scheduled. TLP 2004-05 is the last one at the Belgian airbase Florennes. Because it was the first time that French (Navy) Rafale's participated, this would be a special TLP and a great excuse to visit Florennes AB again. We visited the base during departure day on 5 November 2004.
Last operational F-104
As a former F-104 Starfighter Air Base and to emphasize the good relationship with the local communities, the Kleine Brogel 10th Tactical Wing is planing to place a F-104G on a roundabout. Prior to the official ceremony the 10th Tactical Wing organized an informal Starfighter gathering. The programme included an Italian F-104, the last operational Starfighter!
First Italian F-16 visit The Netherlands
On May 26th for the first time an Italian F-16 visited the Netherlands. This time Volkel Air Base was the lucky base. F-16B MM7269 arrived in the morning with callsign "I7269". To operate the new F-16s within the European coalition, it's necessary to be able to take fuel while in flight. So the F-16s wend to The Netherlands to certify there pilot's using the RNLAF KDC-10.
50 Years 313 "Tiger" Squadron
On December 1st 1953 313 Squadron was activated at Volkel AB. Because of operational commitments the celebration of 50th anniversary was held on April 1st and 2nd 2004.
107th Fighter Squadron
Most of the US ANG units nowadays operate the F-16, amongst which the Michigan ANG is no exception.AviaMagazine.com looks into the 107th fighter squadron (Red Devils) located at Selfridge ANGB, Michigan.