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A-4N serial 415 on a training mission.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

Unit History

115 Squadron

(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 The Ouragans having been withdrawn from Armee de l'Air service with the Ecole de Chasse. 115 sqn was the third IDF/AF unit to operate the type.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.

Air Bases:
Base Duration
Tel Nov (Ekron) 1948-1960
Hatzerim 1968-1972
Nevatim 1972-Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
DH89A131948 - 1956- 
Mosquito PR.163mid 1956 - 1960  
Meteor T.73mid 1956 - 1960  
A-4H251968 - end 19721,2 61,72,168,363, 369,379,398
TA-4F/TA-4J51970 - 19931,2701
A-4N30end 1972 - 19933,2318,322,344, 354,371,401, 405,415
F-16A/B 199? - Present  

Unit Insignia:
Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3
to be added to be added
Figure 1 courtesy of Amos Dor

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