195th Fighter Squadron (USAF ANG)

"Warhawks" 

195 FS "Warhawks" (USAF ANG)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 25
Role:Training
Tailband: Red & Yellow (Arizona flag)
Motto: N/A
Badge: N/A

Sideways profile for the 195th FS in 2008.

F-16 History

Conversion from the A-7D/K started in 1991 when the 195th FS started to receive many older block 1, 5 and 10 airframes from other USAF units. The mission of the unit was to train combat-ready pilots for the Air National Guard (Replacement Training Unit or RTU). This mission remained after the conversion, but the older airframes were not quite suited to fulfill this mission. However, this transition was quite short-lived since the squadron had to disperse its airframes already a year later. It became a strictly academic squadron with no aircraft assigned at the time.

During the same period the ANG started with training foreign non-NATO pilots. Six aircraft from the 148th FTS were designated to begin a school for those students. This group of aircraft and an initial cadre of instructors formed what would later become IMT (International Military Training). The squadron had no official number or designation.


USAF F-16C block 25 #84-1284 from the 195th FS is seen armed with live AIM-120s & AIM-9M deploys the speed brakes in preparation for landing at Davis-Monthan AFB on August 20th, 2010 after a sortie in support of Operation Noble Eagle. [Photo by James O'Rear]

In 1995 the ANG Staff decided to transfer this school into the 195th TFTS. Thus the squadron regained its aircraft and started flying again. This time these airframes were all block 15 models, giving the squadron a better opportunity in its task.

In 2006 the squadron started converting to block 25 airframes. As one of the last block 15 airframe squadrons within the ANG and the USAF all together, it was decided to mothball the latter completely. Therefore the squadron started receiving newer block 25 airframes that were becoming available from other squadrons, as the 144th FW, 944th FW and 177th FW. The mission of the squadron stayed exactly the same, just being able to perform in a more modern manner with the added capabilities of the block 25 airframes.

Aircraft Markings History

1991 - 1997

The tail sported a very attractive tailband which is the state flag for Arizona. The state name was carried about a foot below the tailband. In some rare cases the letters 'IMT' were added to the small blue strip within the state flag tail band. This stood for 'International Military Training' that was very reflective of its role.

1997 - present

In 1997 the markings for the entire parent 162nd FW changed slightly. The state name Arizona was dropped and the AZ tail code was adopted. The ANG emblem was also made smaller during this process which may have taken well over a year to complete.


Unit History

  • 1946: Activation of the squadron in Van Nuys, California
  • 1946: P-51D 'Mustang' (part of 146 FG)
  • 1948: P-51D 'Mustang' (Burbank AP, California)
  • 1948: P-51D 'Mustang' (Van Nuys AP, California)
  • 1952: P-51D/K 'Mustang' (part of 146 FBW)
  • 1953: P-51H 'Mustang' (part of 146 FW)
  • 1954: F-86A 'Sabre' (part of 146 FIW)
  • 1957: F-86F 'Sabre'
  • 1959: F-86H 'Sabre'
  • 1960: C-97A/G 'Stratofreighter' (part of 146 ATW)
  • 1966: C-97A/G 'Stratofreighter' (part of 146 MAS)
  • 1970: C-130A 'Hercules' (part of 146 TAW)
  • 1973: C-130A/B 'Hercules'
  • 1974 : Disbanded
  • 1983: Activation of the squadron in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1983: A-7D/K 'Corsair II' (part of 162 TFG)
  • 1991: F-16A/B 'Fighting Falcon'
  • 1992: No aircraft assigned
  • 1995: F-16A/B 'Viper'
  • 1996: F-16A/B 'Viper' (part of 162 FW)
  • 2006: F-16C/D 'Viper'

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