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IAI Kfir C-2 serial 451 at the Hatzerim Museum

Unit History


143 (Reserve) Squadron

(143 Tayeset "Ha'Tooky Ha'Manaf" - The Smashing Parrot Squadron)
Role: Air Defence/Attack

The Parrot squadron was a new unit formed in late 1979 specifically to operate the Kfir C-2, becoming the fifth and last unit to convert to this type. The identity for this unit is 143 (Reserve) Squadron. Some of its aircraft were later converted to C-7 standard. Four TC-2 trainers were also used. Since 1987, the Kfir has been gradually withdrawn from IDF/AF service, leaving the Parrot squadron as one of the last operators of the Kfir. It currently operates Kfir C-7s from Uvda.

Close-up of the unit marking

Kfir 451 has an unusual reconnaisance nose modification

Close-up of the interchangeable nose section


Air Bases:
Base Duration
Etzion 1979 - 1981
Ovda 1981 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Kfir C-2/TC-224/41979 - 19861,2 301,822,826,841,853,858,903
Kfir C-712?1983 - Present1,2 812,833,961

Unit Insignia:
Figure 1 Figure 2
to be added
Figure 1 courtesy of Amos Dor



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