Flying Tiger Squadron
|Active||December August 1967-present|
|Branch||Israeli Air Force|
The 102 Squadron of the Israeli Air Force, also known as the Flying Tiger Squadron, operated A-4H Skyhawk fighters and now operates A-4N at Hatzerim Israeli Air Force Base in the Negev near Beersheba. It was formed in August 1967 when Israel received new A-4s to replace the aging Dassault Mystere and Super Mystere. It also represented the switch to US-made weapons due to the French embargo after 1967 crisis. The squadron fought in all major Israeli wars since 1968, carrying out both interdiction and close ground support missions. It has suffered severe losses, the heaviest in the Yom Kippur war in 1973, when about 20 planes were lost and 7 pilots killed.
The squadron continues to fly today, playing various roles, and also uses the 2-seat TA-4Js in advanced IAF pilot training.
References[edit | edit source]
- Global Security Profile
- Defense Industry Daily: Israel’s Skyhawk Scandal Leads to End of an Era (Archived 2009-08-17)
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