On September 30th, 1992 the squadron completed conversion from the A-7D/K to the F-16C/D block 30. The first F-16 to arrive was on August 14th, 1991. In June of 1993 the squadron deployed eight aircraft to Brustem AB, Belgium as Coronet DART for the European exercise Central Enterprise 1993. Later that year - in December - the squadron deployed again, this time for their first combat deployment with the F-16. Stationed at Incirlik AB, Turkey the squadron flew missions over Iraq to guard the no-fly zone to protect Kurdish refugees.
On October 25th, 2005 an F-16 of the unit was attempting to take fuel from a KC-10. The jet suffered more than $930,000 of damage. The boom operator's accidental oscillation caused damages to both aircraft which were able to land safely. An unusual accident for a squadron which has enjoyed a tremendous safety record. During 2007 the squadron was the recipient of the National Guard Bureau’s Winston P. Wilson Trophy. The trophy goes to the most outstanding Air National Guard unit and is awarded annually. Just three years later the squadron would win the trophy again in 2010.
Capt. Matt 'Eddie' Fritz flies F-16C block 30 #85-1446
from the 175th FS out of Sioux Falls IAP over the Gulf of Mexico while deployed to Tyndall AFB
in support of Combat Archer, an air-to-air Weapons System Evaluation Program on June 9th, 2003. [USAF photo by TSgt. Michael Ammons]
Over the years the squadron has enjoyed a variety of nose art like no other F-16 squadron. Much of that is owed to MSgt. Jeffery D. Hofer who did most of the art work. The only flying unit of the South Dakota ANG fared well in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure committee results. Giving up its older block 30 F-16s the squadron would upgrade to the block 40. The first F-16C block 30 to depart was 'Cujo' aircraft (#85-1434) which occurred on May 7th, 2010 with destination AMARG. Over the next five months they received block 40 vipers from all three squadrons at Hill AFB, Utah which were largely as a result of the closure of the 34th FS over there.
Four-ship F-16 formation of the 175th FS "Lobos" from Sioux Falls IAP, South Dakota, over Mount Rushmore [USAF photo]