10th Eskadra Lotnictwa Tactycznego (PolAF)

"Dragon" 

10 ELT "Dragon" (PolAF)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 52
Role:Multirole, Reconnaissance
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: A diving hawk.

Sideways profile for 10 elt in 2008.

F-16 History

The squadron was the second within the Polish Air Force to receive the Fighting Falcon. In 2007 the unit started to receive the first airframes . The squadron was disbanded in 2003 with the Mig-21 being retired. With the arrival of the brand-new airframes the squadron was reactivated at Lask AB. The unit is mainly tasked with an air defence role. With the order of the F-16, Poland also ordered a number of the Goodrich DB-110 reconnaissance pods. These are also assigned to 10 elt and therefore the unit has a dedicated recce role.

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 'Jastreb'.


PolAF F-16C block 52 #4040 is seen here flying with the brand-new DB-110 reconnaissance system during a test flight on November 15th, 2006. [LMTAS photo]

Aircraft Markings History

2007 - 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 Karłówka [USSR]
  • 1944: Jak-9
  • 1944: Jak-9 (European theatre)
  • 1946: Jak-9 (Kraków)
  • 1946: Disbanded
  • 1963: Activation of the squadron in Łask
  • 1963: Mig-21PF
  • 1991: Mig-21PFM (part of 2 BLT)
  • 2002: Mig-21MF
  • 2003: Disbanded
  • 2007: Activation of the squadron in Łask
  • 2007: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 32 BL)

F-16 Airframe Inventory

Photos

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