307th Fighter Squadron (USAF ACC)

"Stingers" 

307 FS "Stingers" (USAF ACC)
Status:
Disbanded
Version: F-16C/D block 40
Role:Attack
Tailband: Red
Motto: N/A
Badge: N/A
Disbanded on August 31st, 1995.

Sideways profile for the 307th FS in 1993.

F-16 History

The 307th TFS was equipped with the F-16 in 1988. It received block 15 airframes to conduct a conventional attack role. The history however was very short-lived as the next year – in 1989 – the squadron was already disbanded.

Luckily enough it stood up again at Homestead AFB, Florida in 1991. This time it received one of the latest batches of block 40 airframes, seriously upgrading the possibilities of the squadron in that conventional attack role. The training cycle of the squadron was almost completed by late 1992 when the squadron was rushed to Moody AFB, Georgia to take shelter for oncoming hurricane Andrew that was set to hit Homestead AFB. After it had passed, Homestead AFB was practically in ruins. Therefore the squadrons temporary home became their permanent one from October of 1992.

Over the three at Moody AFB, the squadron again faced closure. This in fact finally happened on August 31st, 1995. The squadron had just performed their first – and only – overseas deployment in an Operation Southern Watch mission and returned home in late June of that year to begin disbanding the unit. This concluded the very short history of F-16 operations within the 307th FS.

Later, the 307th Fighter Squadron was reincarnated as a Reserve associate squadron on August 1, 2003 that provides F-15 pilot training, but owned no aircraft.


A left front view of USAF F-16C block 40 #89-2054 from the 307th FS as the pilot performs a preflight check prior to a mission from Andrews AFB on March 6th, 1993. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile. [USAF photo by PH2 Bruce Trombecky]

Aircraft Markings History

1988 - 1989

The tail consist of a red tailband with white stinger titles contained in it. The 'HS' tailcode (from Homestead) is in the center of the tail with the Tactical Combat Command logo in between them and the serial number at the bottom of the tail.

1991 - 1992

The lay-out of the tail was exactly the same as in the previous period.

1992 - 1995

The general lay-out remained the same, but the tailcode was replaced by 'MY' (for Moody). The tailband was sometimes also spotted in black instead of red.


Unit History

  • 1942: Activation of the squadron in Baer, Indiana
  • 1942: P-40B 'Warhawk' (part of 31 PG)
  • 1942: P-39 'Airacobra' (New Orleans AB, Louisiana)
  • 1942: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Atcham [Eng.])
  • 1942: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Biggin Hill [Eng.])
  • 1942: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Merston [Eng.])
  • 1942: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Tafaraoui [Alg.])
  • 1942: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (La Senia [Alg.])
  • 1942: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Maison Blanche [Alg.])
  • 1942: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Thelepte [Tun.])
  • 1943: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Tebessa [Alg.])
  • 1943: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Youks-les-Bains [Alg.])
  • 1943: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Kalaa Djerda [Alg.])
  • 1943: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Thelepte [Tun.])
  • 1943: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Djilma [Tun.])
  • 1943: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Le Sers [Tun.])
  • 1943: 'Spitfire' F. Mk. VB (Korba [Tun.])
  • 1943: P-51D 'Mustang' (Ponte Olivo [It.])
  • 1943: P-51D 'Mustang' (Agrigento [It.])
  • 1943: P-51D 'Mustang' (Palermo [It.])
  • 1943: P-51D 'Mustang' (Termini [It.])
  • 1943: P-51D 'Mustang' (Milazzo [It.])
  • 1943: P-51D 'Mustang' (Montecorvino [It.])
  • 1943: P-51D 'Mustang' (Pomigliano [It.])
  • 1944: P-51D 'Mustang' (Castel Volturno [It.])
  • 1944: P-51D 'Mustang' (San Severo [It.])
  • 1945: P-51D 'Mustang' (Mondolfo [It.])
  • 1945: P-51D 'Mustang' (Triolo [It.])
  • 1945: P-51D 'Mustang' (Drew Field, Florida)
  • 1945: Disbanded
  • 1946: Activation of the squadron in Giebelstadt [Germ.]
  • 1946: P-80 'Shooting Star' (part of 31 FG)
  • 1946: P-80 'Shooting Star' (Kitzengen [Germ.])
  • 1947: P-51D 'Mustang' (Langley Field, Virginia)
  • 1947: P-51D 'Mustang' (Turner Field, Georgia)
  • 1948: F-84 'Thunderjet'
  • 1950: F-84 'Thunderjet' (part of 31 FBG)
  • 1950: F-84 'Thunderjet' (part of 31 FEG)
  • 1953: F-84 'Thunderjet' (part of 31 SFW)
  • 1957: F-100 'Super Sabre' (part of 31 FBW)
  • 1958: F-100 'Super Sabre' (part of 31 TFW)
  • 1959: F-100 'Super Sabre' (George AFB, California)
  • 1962: F-100 'Super Sabre' (Homestead AFB, Florida)
  • 1966: F-100 'Super Sabre' (part of 401 TFW, Torrejon AB [Sp.])
  • 1970: F-4E 'Phantom II'
  • 1971: F-4E 'Phantom II' (part of 31 TFW, Homestead AFB, Florida)
  • 1980: F-4D 'Phantom II'
  • 1983: F-4D 'Phantom II' (part of 31 TTW)
  • 1988: F-16A/B 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 31 TFW)
  • 1989: Disbanded
  • 1991: Activation of the squadron in Homestead, Florida
  • 1991: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 31 TFW)
  • 1991: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 31 FW)
  • 1991: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 31 OG)
  • 1992: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 347 OG, Moody AFB, Georgia)
  • 1995: Disbanded

Deployments

'Southern Watch'
Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia (March of 1995 to June of 1995)
Operation Southern Watch was an operation which was responsible for enforcing the United Nations mandated no-fly zone below the 32nd parallel in Iraq. This mission was initiated mainly to cover for attacks of Iraqi forces on the Iraqi Shi’ite Muslims.

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