10th Eskadra Lotnictwa Tactycznego ( PolAF)
||10 ELT " Dragon" ( PolAF)|
|Version:||F-16C/D block 52|
|Badge:||A diving hawk.|
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 'Jastrząb'.
Aircraft Markings History
The tail consists of the Polish Air Force logo in the center with the serial number underneath.
- 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)