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]