6th Eskadra Lotnictwa Tactycznego (PolAF)

"Tiger" 

6 ELT "Tiger" (PolAF)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 52
Role:Multirole
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: A tiger on a red & white checkered background.

Sideways profile for 6 elt in 2011.

F-16 History

The squadron was the third and last within the Polish Air Force to receive the Fighting Falcon. In 2008 the unit started to receive the first airframes . The squadron was flying the Su-22M4 ground attack aircraft. With the arrival of the F-16 the unit kept the same role, being that of an air to ground squadron. Operations with the F-16 only started on a higher level from 2009 onwards with the last airframes coming off the Fort Worth production line. Therefore history is still very limited.

Although the build up of the F-16 was very smooth and the aircraft is by far the most modern in the Polis inventory, the F-16 was never operationally deployed till today. The international name for the F-16 is Fighting Falcon, but Poland is one of those countries who has dedicated a local name to it. It is known as 'Jastrząb'.


PolAF F-16C block 52 #4058 from 6 elt is coming in for landing at Leeuwarden AB during the Frisian Flag excersice on April 14th, 2010. [Photo by John de Winter]

Aircraft Markings History

2008 - present

The tail consists of the Polish Air Force logo in the center with the serial number underneath.


Unit History

  • 1944: Activation of the squadron in Biełyj Kołodiec [USSR]
  • 1944: Il-2M3
  • 1944: Il-2M3 (European theatre)
  • 1947: Il-2M3 (Wrocław-Strachowice field)
  • 1950: Il-10
  • 1952: Il-10 (Piła AB)
  • 1955: Lim-1 (Mig-15)
  • 1955: Lim-2 (Mig-15bis)
  • 1960: Lim-5M (Mig-17)
  • 1967: Lim-6 (Mig-17)
  • 1972: Lim-6bis (Mig-17)
  • 1984: Su-22M4
  • 1998: Disbanded
  • 2001: Activation of the squadron in Powidz
  • 2001: Su-22M4 (part of 33 BLT)
  • 2008: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 31 BLT, Krzesiny AB)

F-16 Airframe Inventory

Photos

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