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|A-4N serial 415 on a training mission.|
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
(115 Tayeset "Ha'Drakon Ha'Meofeef" - The Flying Dragon Squadron)
Role: Photo-Reconnaissance, later Attack
This unit was first formed with the DH89A Dragon Rapide in 1948 for the
communications/liaison/light bomber roles.
It reformed in the summer of 1956, as a dedicated photo-reconnaissance
unit. Its initial equipment comprised a few ex-110 sqn Mosquito PR16 bombers, converted back to the photo-recce role, together with a similar
number of Meteor T.7s - also converted for the same role. It is reported in one
reference that 115 squadron pilots flew 117 sqn Meteors from Ramat David during the Sinai Campaign, although both units were at Ekron at the time!
Virtually nothing appears to have been published regarding the activities
of this recce unit in the Suez campaign. In 1960 the unit was disbanded, the
Mosquitos finally being retired and the Meteors reallocated to other units.
In November 1964, the squadron was reformed to operate the Ouragan, and
thereby adopted its present attack role. The Ouragans having been withdrawn
from Armee de l'Air service with the Ecole de Chasse. 115 sqn was the third
IDF/AF unit to operate the type. Ouragan operational use is described under the entry for 113 squadron.
In 1969 the unit re-equipped with two dozen ex-USN A-4E Skyhawks, as the
second unit to fly this particular variant. Constant updating and modification
have blurred the distinctions between IDF/AF Skyhawk subtypes, but 115 sqn
appears to have also operated the A-4H version, and some two seater operational trainer variants. The unit re-equipped with the A-4N in late 1972, and was based at Nevatim with this type. It then disbanded prior to re-equipment with the F-16.
|Tel Nov (Ekron)
|DH89A||13||1948 - 1956||-||
PR.16||3||mid 1956 - 1960|| ||
|Meteor T.7||3||mid 1956 - 1960|| ||
|A-4H||25||1968 - end 1972||1,2 ||61,72,168,363,
|TA-4F/TA-4J||5||1970 - 1993||1,2||701
|A-4N||30||end 1972 - 1993||3,2||318,322,344,
|F-16A/B|| ||199? - Present|| ||
Figure 1 courtesy of Amos Dor
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