182 Filo (TUAF)

"Hawk (Atmaca)" 

182 Filo "Hawk (Atmaca)" (TuAF)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 40
Role:Multirole, Air Defence
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: A hawk storming down.

Sideways profile for 182 Filo in 2008.

F-16 History

182 Filo was the second squadron in Diyarbakir to receive the new F-16. Like most squadrons within the Turkish Air Force, these are of the block 40 version. Diyarbakir AB was the last to convert to the block 40 version since Turkish orders for new F-16s in later acquisitions were of the block 50 version. The F-16 replaced the F-104G Starfighter, as in most European NATO countries. The squadron was mainly tasked with air defence and this task remained with the arrival of the new fighter, although all kind of missions can be flown with the F-16.

Although the squadron is equipped with a version of the F-16 which is specialised in day and night-time attack missions when an advanced targeting system is installed, 182 Filo is mainly tasked with air defence. This is very necessary since the squadron is the only in the south eastern part of Turkey with this mission. The region is well-known for its unstable nature near the Iraqi border and with regular Kurdish attacks in Turkish territory, the squadron’s schedule is mostly quite busy.


TuAF F-16C block 40 #92-0018 from 182 Filo is taking off at Balikesir AB during the Tigermeet 2005 edition. [Photo by Emin Fýndýklý]

Since a number of years, all F-16s squadrons within the Turkish Air Force are multi-role. This means they can handle all missions, but are specialised in one. With the CCIP program – which will start in 2009 – the aircraft will get an upgrade which will prolong their service life and introduce a completely new block 50 cockpit and advanced electronics.

Aircraft Markings History

1996 - 2007

The tail consist of a standard grey tail with the Turkish flag in the center, the serial number at the bottom and the squadron's crest on top with a red and white checkered tailband.

2007 - 2009

The squadron's crest was replaced by a large full color hawk on the tail and rudder.

2009 - present

The squadron's crest was again replaced by a black hawk on the tail and rudder.


Unit History

  • 1947: Activation of the squadron in Erzincan
  • 1947: 'Spitfire' Mk. IX (as II TB, part of 8A)
  • 1949: P-47D 'Thunderbolt' (part of 8AA)
  • 1951: P-47D 'Thunderbolt' (re-designated 182 Filo, part of 8HU)
  • 1952: F-84G 'Thunderjet' (Diyarbakir)
  • 1962: F-84F 'Thunderstreak'
  • 1963: F-84F 'Thunderstreak' (part of 7AJU, Erhaç)
  • 1969: F-100D/F 'Super Sabre'
  • 1972: F-102A 'Delta Dagger' (part of 8AJU, Diyarbakir)
  • 1980: F-100D/F 'Super Sabre'
  • 1986: CF-104D 'Starfighter'
  • 1994: Disbanded
  • 1996: Activation of the squadron in Diyarbakir
  • 1996: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 8AJU)

Deployments

'Allied Force'
Ghedi AB, Italy (March 23rd, 1999 to June 10th, 1999)
Operation 'Allied Force' was the codename for the almost three month long air strikes against Serbia. 182 Filo was the first Turkish squadron to operate under a NATO operation.

F-16 Airframe Inventory

Photos

Special thanks

Ole Nikolajsen

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