Reconstituted on December 30th, 1992 under the 58th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Arizona. Aircraft had already arrived in October of 1992 and shortly after in the new year pilot training began in January of 1993. Right from the beginning the mission was international personnel training, but more specifically, the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Although the squadron had American heritage, it was mix of both personnel and equipment. At first the squadron borrowed F-16A/B block 15s from the USAF in late 1992. This consisted of seven F-16As and two F-16Bs which were all borrowed. Most likely by coincidence, the Royal Singapore Air Force ended up buying one of these F-16As years later that had been borrowed by them from the USAF. On June 3rd, 1998 the RSAF obtained F-16A #81-0677 as a GF-16A for ground maintenance/handling and weapons loading training. To complete the squadron, seven F-16A/Bs were sent from Singapore to join the squadron.
RSAF F-16C block 52 #97-0113
from the 425th FS is parked on the tarmac at Nellis AFB during a 2005 Red Flag exercise. [Photo by Bjarne Pedersen]
On April 1st, 1994 - along with the 310th FS - the 425th FS then came under the 56th Fighter Wing. That number came from MacDill AFB, Florida and was intended to protect the history of that wing and its associated squadrons which also made the move to Luke AFB.
In 1995 the squadron leased twelve USAF F-16C/D block 42s as their nine USAF block 15s were withdrawn from service. The seven F-16A/Bs owned by the RSAF flew back to Singapore during this time period as well. In the end, the USAF could not honor the lease as they needed the block 42s back. A deal was struck with Lockheed Martin to lease a dozen new-built F-16C/D block 52's (4 F-16Cs and 8 F-16Ds) with options to buy them later. The aircraft were leased for a 2.5 year period, for an estimated cost of USD $12.3 million. This program had no name assigned like the Peace Carvin FMS deal. In 1997, under Peace Carvin III, the RSAF's training capabilities in the US expanded, including adding the 428th FS at Canon AFB, New Mexico and an extension of the training contract for Luke till 2018.
RSAF F-16D block 52 #94-0283
from the 425th FS is giving the photographer a nice slow bank at Luke AFB on July 14th, 2006. [Photo by Jason]