142 Filo (TUAF)

"Gazelle (Ceylan)" 

142 Filo "Gazelle (Ceylan)" (TuAF)
Version: F-16C/D block 50
Role:Multirole, Air Defense, Strike
Tailband: N/A
Motto: N/A
Badge: A red Gazelle posing on a yellow ball on a black background.
Disbanded on July 15th, 2016.

Sideways profile for 142 Filo in 2007.

F-16 History

142 Filo followed very soon after 141 Filo received its aircraft. Instead of receiving new aircraft directly from the TAI factory, the squadron received the block 30 airframes which were already in use with its sister squadron, which was also based at Mürted AFB. Because pilot training with Öncel Filo was also progressing very well, the need for an extended batch of aircraft with that squadron was not as urgently and a number of block 30 airframes from them were also transferred to 142 Filo to form a complete squadron.

The F-16 replaced the F-104G Starfighter, as in most European NATO countries. The mission of the squadron thus was air defence as primary role, with a secondary attack role. This did not change with the introduction of the F-16. It was just replacing an obsolete aircraft with a newer one with more capabilities. Besides this task, they alos have a dedicated strike role. Nuclear weapons are stored at Incirlik AB and the squadron is relocated there in case of such an emergency.

TuAF F-16C block 30 #88-0027 from 142 Filo seen taxiing during Spring Flag 2008 at Decimomannu on April 16th, 2008. [TuAF photo]

Through the years the squadron always suffered some shortages concerning airframe availability. In 1999, the Turkish Staff decided to disband the squadron to concentrate on block 30 availability for 143 Filo in the training role. It seemed very quickly that this decision was ill conceived and in 2002 the squadron was reactivated, using the same aircraft in the same role.

With the delivery of the brand-new block 50 airframes in 2011-2012, 142 Filo was the first unit to convert to these new airframes. The older block 30 airframes are dispersed to 143 Filo to be concentrated into one squadron.

In the aftermath of the cup d'etat of July 15th, 2016, the squadron was - just as the other units at Akinci - were disbanded and it's aircraft dispersed to other units.

Aircraft Markings History

1990 - 2016

The tail consist of a standard grey tail with the Turkish flag in the center, the serial number at the bottom and the squadron's crest on top. Sometimes a yellow tailband is carried on top as well.

Unit History

  • 1937: Activation of the squadron in Kütahya
  • 1937: P.24C (as VIII AT, part of 4TA)
  • 1939: MS-406C.1 (as XI TB, part of 4HA)
  • 1940: MS-406C.1 (Çorlu)
  • 1942: 'Hurricane' Mk. IIB (Merzifon)
  • 1943: 'Hurricane' Mk. IIB (as II TB, part of 4A)
  • 1947: 'Spitfire' Mk. IX
  • 1949: 'Spitfire' Mk. IX (part of 4AA)
  • 1951: 'Spitfire' Mk. IX (re-designated 142 Filo, part of 4HU)
  • 1954: 'Spitfire' Mk. IX (Eskisehir)
  • 1955: F-86E 'Sabre'
  • 1956: F-86E 'Sabre' (part of 5HU, Merzifon)
  • 1963: F-86E 'Sabre' (part of 5AJU)
  • 1970: F-5A 'Freedom Fighter'
  • 1972: F-102A 'Delta Dagger' (part of 4AJU, Mürted)
  • 1974: F-104S 'Starfighter'
  • 1980: F-104G 'Starfighter'
  • 1990: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon'
  • 1994: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (Akinci – renamed from Mürted)
  • 1999: Disbanded
  • 2002: Activation of the squadron at Akinci
  • 2002: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon' (part of 4AJU)
  • 2016: Disbanded


'Deny Flight'
Ghedi AB, Italy (April 19th, 1993 to December of 1993)
From the start of the Turkish Air Force F-16 operations in former Yugoslavia it was part of 'Deny Flight'. This was an operation in support of the UN-led UNPROFOR troops stationed in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

F-16 Airframe Inventory


Special thanks

Ole Nikolajsen

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