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|notable_commanders=[[Modi Alon]]<br>[[Avraham Lanir]]
 
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'''101 Squadron''' of the [[Israeli Air Force]], also known as the '''First Fighter Squadron''', is Israel's first fighter squadron, formed on May 20, 1948, six days after Israel declared its independence. Initially flying the [[Avia S-199]], it has since operated the [[Supermarine Spitfire]], [[North American Mustang]], [[Dassault Mystere IV]], [[Dassault Mirage III]]CJ, [[IAI Nesher]] and [[IAI Kfir]]. It currently operates out of [[Hatzor Airbase]], flying the [[F-16|F-16C Fighting Falcon]].
 
'''101 Squadron''' of the [[Israeli Air Force]], also known as the '''First Fighter Squadron''', is Israel's first fighter squadron, formed on May 20, 1948, six days after Israel declared its independence. Initially flying the [[Avia S-199]], it has since operated the [[Supermarine Spitfire]], [[North American Mustang]], [[Dassault Mystere IV]], [[Dassault Mirage III]]CJ, [[IAI Nesher]] and [[IAI Kfir]]. It currently operates out of [[Hatzor Airbase]], flying the [[F-16|F-16C Fighting Falcon]].
   
== History ==
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==History==
101 Squadron was formed on May 20, 1948 at two air bases simultaneously: IAF Ekron (former [[RAF Aqir]], currently [[Tel-Nof Airbase]]) and [[Žatec]] (code-named "Zebra") in Czechoslovakia, a former Luftwaffe airfield close to a [[Messerschmitt]] production facility, where pilots received initial basic type flight training on the [[Avia S-199]]s, copies of the Bf 109G with 1,320 hp [[Junkers Jumo 211]]F powerplants. During one ferry flight some of the squadron's 15 aircraft were forced to land in Greece, and were immediately impounded, so during the next ferry flight a C-46 was used as a navigation guide, and a corvette was readied off the coast in case any aircraft had to be ditched and pilots rescued from water.<ref>Luttrell, Robert J., I flew for Israel, ''Flying Magazine'', May 1949, p.58</ref> Four of these flew the squadron's first mission on May 29 in the prelude to [[Operation Pleshet]]. 101 Squadron was responsible for the Israeli Air Force's first aerial victories when on 3 June 1948, [[Modi Alon]] shot down a pair of [[Royal Egyptian Air Force]] [[C-47]]s which had just bombed Tel Aviv.<ref>{{Cite book|last=Aloni|first=Shlomo|title=Arab–Israeli Air Wars|publisher=Osprey Publishing|year=2001|isbn=1-84176-294-6|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=mO02czQ9jyYC|page=11}}</ref><ref>{{cite book|last=Norton|first=Bill|title=Air War on the Edge – A History of the Israel Air Force and its Aircraft since 1947|publisher=[[Ian Allan Publishing|Midland Publishing]]|year=2004|isbn=1-85780-088-5|pages=110–112}}</ref>
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101 Squadron was formed on May 20, 1948 at two air bases simultaneously: IAF Ekron (former [[RAF Aqir]], currently [[Tel-Nof Airbase]]) and [[Žatec]] (code-named "Zebra") in Czechoslovakia, a former Luftwaffe airfield close to a [[Messerschmitt]] production facility, where pilots received initial basic type flight training on the [[Avia S-199]]s, copies of the Bf 109G with 1,320&nbsp;hp [[Junkers Jumo 211]]F powerplants. During one ferry flight some of the squadron's 15 aircraft were forced to land in Greece, and were immediately impounded, so during the next ferry flight a C-46 was used as a navigation guide, and a corvette was readied off the coast in case any aircraft had to be ditched and pilots rescued from water.<ref>Luttrell, Robert J., I flew for Israel, ''Flying Magazine'', May 1949, p.58</ref> Four of these flew the squadron's first mission on May 29 in the prelude to [[Operation Pleshet]]. 101 Squadron was responsible for the Israeli Air Force's first aerial victories when on 3 June 1948, [[Modi Alon]] shot down a pair of [[Royal Egyptian Air Force]] [[C-47]]s which had just bombed Tel Aviv.<ref>{{Cite book|last=Aloni|first=Shlomo|title=Arab–Israeli Air Wars|publisher=Osprey Publishing|year=2001|isbn=1-84176-294-6|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=mO02czQ9jyYC|page=11}}</ref><ref>{{cite book|last=Norton|first=Bill|title=Air War on the Edge – A History of the Israel Air Force and its Aircraft since 1947|publisher=Midland Publishing|year=2004|isbn=1-85780-088-5|pages=110–112}}</ref>
   
== See also ==
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==See also==
 
*[[Christopher Magee (fighter pilot)|Christopher Magee]]
 
*[[Christopher Magee (fighter pilot)|Christopher Magee]]
 
*[[Milton Rubenfeld]]
 
*[[Milton Rubenfeld]]
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*[[Rimon 20]]
 
*[[Rimon 20]]
   
== References ==
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== External links ==
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*[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/israel/101squadron.htm Global Security Profile]
 
*[http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/israel/101squadron.htm Global Security Profile]
 
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{{Israeli Air Force Squadrons}}
 
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[[Category:Israeli Air Force squadrons]]
 
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Latest revision as of 11:54, 12 December 2019

101st Squadron
Hatzerim Avia 20100129 1.jpg
Avia S-199 with the 101st Squadron badge
Active May 20, 1948 – Present
Country  Israel
Branch  Israeli Air Force
Role Air Defence
Garrison/HQ Hatzor Airbase
Nickname(s) First Fighter Squadron
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Modi Alon
Avraham Lanir
Aircraft flown
Fighter F-16C

101 Squadron of the Israeli Air Force, also known as the First Fighter Squadron, is Israel's first fighter squadron, formed on May 20, 1948, six days after Israel declared its independence. Initially flying the Avia S-199, it has since operated the Supermarine Spitfire, North American Mustang, Dassault Mystere IV, Dassault Mirage IIICJ, IAI Nesher and IAI Kfir. It currently operates out of Hatzor Airbase, flying the F-16C Fighting Falcon.

History[]

101 Squadron was formed on May 20, 1948 at two air bases simultaneously: IAF Ekron (former RAF Aqir, currently Tel-Nof Airbase) and Žatec (code-named "Zebra") in Czechoslovakia, a former Luftwaffe airfield close to a Messerschmitt production facility, where pilots received initial basic type flight training on the Avia S-199s, copies of the Bf 109G with 1,320 hp Junkers Jumo 211F powerplants. During one ferry flight some of the squadron's 15 aircraft were forced to land in Greece, and were immediately impounded, so during the next ferry flight a C-46 was used as a navigation guide, and a corvette was readied off the coast in case any aircraft had to be ditched and pilots rescued from water.[1] Four of these flew the squadron's first mission on May 29 in the prelude to Operation Pleshet. 101 Squadron was responsible for the Israeli Air Force's first aerial victories when on 3 June 1948, Modi Alon shot down a pair of Royal Egyptian Air Force C-47s which had just bombed Tel Aviv.[2][3]

See also[]

References[]

  1. Luttrell, Robert J., I flew for Israel, Flying Magazine, May 1949, p.58
  2. Aloni, Shlomo (2001). Arab–Israeli Air Wars. Osprey Publishing. p. 11. ISBN 1-84176-294-6. http://books.google.com/books?id=mO02czQ9jyYC. 
  3. Norton, Bill (2004). Air War on the Edge – A History of the Israel Air Force and its Aircraft since 1947. Midland Publishing. pp. 110–112. ISBN 1-85780-088-5. 

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