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F-16A serial 267 taxies in. (photo, Israeli Air Force)
(253 Tayeset "Ha'Negev" - The Negev Squadron)
Role: Interceptor Fighter
Also known as "Ha'Tsipor Barzel" (The Iron Bird Squadron), this unit formed in 1976 with Mirage/Nesher aircraft from 101 sqn, and was
later supplemented by 117 sqn aircraft. Originally based at Eitam, the unit
moved to Matred Ramon in April 1982, when Eitam was handed back to Egypt under the Camp David Agreement. It is reported that the unit then converted to Kfir C-2s, but this is unconfirmed.
The squadron converted to the F-16A/B circa 1987, using aircraft from 110
and 117 squadrons.
Note: Mirage/Nesher aircraft with orange/black triangles carried a modified
rudder marking with a red stripe replacing the upper white stripe.
An F-16A formation comprising aircraft 287, 276 and 292. (photo, Israeli Air Force)
|Mirage IIICJ||19||1976 - 1982||1,2||111,133,144,150,159,163,171,177
|Mirage IIIBJ||3||1976 - 1982||1,2||286
|Nesher||?||1976 - 1982||1,2||524,525,527,528,566,599
|Kfir C-2||?||1982 - 1987|| ||
|F-16A/B||15/2?||1987 - Present||3||112,261,273,293
|| to be added