198th Fighter Squadron (USAF ANG)

"Buccaneers" 

198 FS "Buccaneers" (USAF ANG)
Status:
Converted
Version: F-16A/B block 15 ADF
Role:Air Defense
Tailband: White & Red (Puerto Rico flag)
Motto: N/A
Badge: N/A
Converted to the C-130E in 1998.

Sideways profile for the 198th FS in 1994.

F-16 History

The 198th FS converted from the A-7D/K to the F-16 in the Air Defense Fighter (ADF) variant in 1992. At that time most ANG units were equipped with this version of the somewhat older A/B models of the viper. Even though the 198th was flying the ADF variant of the F-16, they were trained in the bombing role as well. The ADF version featured the addition of a CWI module on the APG-66 radar, a search light on the port side of the nose, more adapted communication equipment, an Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) system and the possibility to fire AIM-7 or the later AIM-120 missiles. This meant a serious leap in performance and capability of this squadron in their defensive role. In the attack role the airframes kept their basic block 15 features.

The era of the F-16 with the 198th FS didn’t last that long. In 1998 the Staff decided that the squadron would be better suited as an airlift squadron and the unit converted to the C-130E. The 198th sent most of their F-16 airframes to AMARC, where most of them still reside today (2012). All together the F-16 days of the squadron only reached 6 years before transition took place.


USAF F-16A ADF #82-0953 of the 198th FS is parked on the concrete of its home base. [Photo by Alec Fushi]

Aircraft Markings History

1992 - 1998

The tail consisted of a white tailband with 'Puerto Rico' titles inside. The end of the tailband was a Puerto Rican flag (on the rudder). The 'PR' tailcode was in the center of the tail with the serial underneath and the ANG logo between the tailcode and tailband.


Unit History

  • 1944: Activation of the squadron in Peterson, Colorado (as 463 FS)
  • 1944: P-47 'Thunderbolt' (part of 507 FG)
  • 1944: P-47 'Thunderbolt' (Bruning Field, Nebraska)
  • 1944: P-47 'Thunderbolt' (Dalhart Field, Texas)
  • 1945: P-47 'Thunderbolt' (Shima Field [Jap.])
  • 1946: P-47 'Thunderbolt' (Yontan Field [Jap.])
  • 1946: Deactivated
  • 1946: Activation of the squadron in Isla Grande, Puerto Rico (as 198 FS)
  • 1946: P-47N 'Thunderbolt' (part of 156 FG)
  • 1952: F-86E 'Sabre'
  • 1955: F-86E 'Sabre' (San Juan AP, Puerto Rico)
  • 1956: F-86D 'Sabre'
  • 1960: F-86H 'Sabre'
  • 1967: F-104C/D 'Starfighter' (part of 156 TFG)
  • 1975: A-7D 'Corsair II'
  • 1992: F-16A/B 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 156 FG)
  • 1998: Converted

F-16 Airframe Inventory

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