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.
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'.