|Super Mystere B.2 096 has been converted to Sa'ar configuration||Close-up of the tail fin|
Although theoretically outclassed by the time of the Six Day War, in June 1967, the type flew extensive interception and fighter escort missions and 105 sqn claimed over 16 kills in air combat for 9 losses. At least two of the kills were against Syrian MiG-21's.
Although the nominal strength of the unit was 36 Super Mystere B.2s, it was often much higher than this. During the period 1960-67 Israel undertook the regular overhaul of more than 60 French Air Force Super Mysteres, and many of these aircraft saw short periods of service with the IDF/AF (without permission) before being returned to their rightful owner. It is of interest that the unit's Scorpion badge is very similar to the marking carried by Armee de l'Air unit EC2/12 (also a Super Mystere B.2 unit at the time). Postwar, the type was relegated to ground attack missions, although high fuel consumption at low level severely limited endurance. A drastic solution was developed, which involved rebuilding the Super Mystere's rear fuselage to accommodate the J52 engine used by the A-4H Skyhawk. A total of 26 aircraft were re-engined in 1969-73. Some 22 examples were available to fly attack missions in the Yom Kippur War, during the course of which 6 aircraft were lost. The squadron reportedly also used a small number of Neshers after October 1973.
The Super Mystere's were finally retired in March 1975, in favour of the F-4E Phantom. The unit received twenty-four F-4Es in early 1975, becoming last unit to convert, but has never operated the RF-4E.
The unit now operates the F-16C block 40, having converted in 1991. This variant being distinguished from the block 30 aircraft by the tinted cockpit canopy and an additional blade aerial on the forward part of the fuselage/fin fairing.
|Herzliya||Aug 1950-Feb 1956|
|Ramat David||June 1956-Nov 1956|
|Spitfire LFIXE||15+||Jan 1949 - Feb 1956||1,2,3||03,24,48,64, 69,79|
|P-51D Mustang||20||1951 - Nov 1956||1,2,3||141|
|Super Mystere B.2||36||Dec 1958 - Mar 1975||02,06,18,25, 30,66,70,325,705,708,821|
|F-4E||22||Mar 1975 - 1991||5,6||216,223|
|F-16C Block 40||14||1991 - Present||4||534|
|F-16D Block 40||14||1991 - Present||4||621,628|
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