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Squadrons of the IAF

Combat Squadrons

The Hammers

Base: Hetzerim

The Point of the Spear

Base: Tel Nog

Knights of the Twin Tail

Base: Tel Nof

The Valley

Base: Ramat David

  • De Havilland Mosquito
  • Harvard T-6
  • Mystere A4
  • Skyhawk (Ayit)
  • IAI Kfir
  • F-16D (Barak)

The First Fighter

Base: Ramat David

  • Messerschmitt
  • Spitfire
  • Mustang
  • Mystère A-4
  • Dassault Mirage III (known in Hebrew as the “Shahak”, a biblical term of unclear meaning)
  • IAI Nesher (Hebrew for “Vulture”)
  • IAI Kfir (Hebrew for “Fox Cub”)
  • F-16C (known in Hebrew as the “Barak”, or “Lightning” single-seater)
  • F-16D (known in Hebrew as the “Barak”, “Lightning” double-seater)

Scorpion

Base: Ramat David

  • Spitfire
  • Mustang
  • Mystère A-4
  • Super Mystère
  • Saar (Hebrew for “Tempest”), the IAI’s improved version of the Dassault Super Mystère
  • Mirage III (known in Hebrew as the “Shahak”)
  • Phantom (know in Hebrew as the “Kurnas”, meaning “Sledgehammer”)
  • IAI Kfir (Hebrew for “Fox Cub”)
  • F-16C (known in Hebrew as the “Barak”, or “Lightning” single-seater)
  • F-16D (known in Hebrew as the “Barak”, “Lightning” double-seater)

The "First Jet"

Base: Ramat David

  • Meteor
  • Mirage III (Shahak)
  • F-16 A
  • F-16 B

Knights of the North

Base: Ramat David

  • Mosquito
  • Vautor
  • Meteor
  • A-4 Skyhawk (known in Hebrew as the “Ayit”, meaning “Eagle”)
  • F-16 A/B (known in Hebrew as the “Netz”, meaning “Hawk”)
  • F-16 C/D (known in Hebrew as the “Barak”, meaning “Lightning”)

The Phoenix

Base: Hatzor

  • IAI Nesher
  • IAI Kfir (Hebrew for “Fox Cub”)
  • F-16C (known in Hebrew as the “Barak”, or “Lightning” single-seater)
  • F-16D (known in Hebrew as the “Barak”, “Lightning” double-seater)

The Golden Eagle

Base: Navatim

  • Harvard T-6
  • Fouga Magister
  • Skyhawk (known in Hebrew as the “Ayit”, meaning “Eagle”)
  • F-16 A/B (known in Hebrew as the “Netz”, meaning “Hawk”)
  • F-35I (known in Hebrew as the “Adir”, meaning “mighty”)

The "Negev"

Base: Ramon

  • IAI Nesher (Hebrew for “Vulture”)
  • Dassault Mirage III (known in Hebrew as the “Shahak”, a biblical word of unclear meaning)
  • F-16B (known in Hebrew as the “Netz”, meaning “Hawk”)
  • F-16I (known in Hebrew as the “Sufa”, meaning “Storm”)

The Bat

Base: Ramat David

  • Meteor
  • Vautour
  • Mirage
  • F-4
  • F-16I Sufa

The "One"

Base: Ramon

  • F-16I (Sufa)
  • F-4E Kurnas

Knights of the Orange Tail

Base: Hatzerim

  • Spitfire
  • Mustang
  • Meteor
  • Ouragan
  • Phantom F-4E (“Kurnas”, Hebrew for “Sledgehammer”)
  • F-16I (“Sufa”, Hebrew for “Storm”) 107 Tayeset

The Smashing Parrot

Base: Ramat David

  • Meteor
  • Vautour
  • Mirage
  • F-4
  • F-16I

Defenders of the South

Base: Nevatim

  • Mustang
  • Mystère
  • Skyhawk (known in Hebrew as the “Ayit”, meaning “Eagle”)
  • F-16A/B (known in Hebrew as the “Netz”, meaning “Hawk”)

The Flying Tiger

Base: Hatzerim

  • Skyhawk (known in Hebrew as the “Ayit”, meaning “Eagle”)
  • M346i Lavi (102 Tayeset, IAF Flight Academy)

The Goring Deer

Former unit, 1956, 1967, 1978-1986

  • Fouga Magister
  • A-4F/TA-4H Ahit (Skyhawk)
  • A-4N Ahit (Skyhawk)
  • Boeing-Stearman Kaydet

147 Squadron (Flying Ibex or Goring Ram). It fly the Kaydet trainer during the 1956 Suez Crisis and the Fouga Magister during the 1967 Six-Day War. Between 1978 and 1986 it flew the A-4 Skyhawk.

 

The Flying Dragon

Base: Nevatim

  • Mosquito
  • Mystere
  • Skyhawk A-4
  • F-16C Barak

The Mid-land

Base: Hatzor

  • Mirage 3CJ Shahak
  • IAI Kfir C1

The 3rd Spitfire

Base: …

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The Southern Lions Squadron

Base: Nevatim

  • F-35i Adir

The First Jet Squadron

Base: Nevatim

  • F-35i Adir

The Golden Eagle Squadron

Base: Nevatim

  • F-35i Adir

Helicopter Squadrons

The Magic Touch

Base: Ramon

  • Defender (Lahatut)
  • Apache AH-64A (Peten)

The Hornet

Base: Ramon

  • MD450B Hurricane
  • Nesher
  • Kfir C-1
  • Kfir C-2
  • AH-64D Apache (Saraf)

The Southern Cobra

Base: Palmachim

  • AH-1G
  • MD-500
  • AH-1F
  • AH-1E / F

The First Cobra

Base: Ramat David

  • De Havilland Mosquito
  • Harvard T-6
  • Mystere A4
  • Skyhawk (Ayit)
  • IAI Kfir
  • F-16D (Barak)
  • AH-1G/S Tsefa

The Nocturnal Birds of Prey

Base: Such Nof

  • Sikorsky S-65C
  • S-65C
  • CH-53 – 200 Sea Stallions
  • CH-53 2000 Yas’ur
  • CH-53 2025 Yas’ur

Leaders of the Night

Base: Tel Nof

  • CH-53K King Stallion (2026)

The Rolling Sword

Base: Palmahim

  • Sirkosky S-55
  • Alouette II
  • Sirkosky S-58
  • Bell 205
  • Bell 212  (known in Hebrew as the “Anafa”, meaning “Heron”)
  • HH-65A Dolphin
  • UH-60A Blackhawk (known in Hebrew as the “Yanshuf”, meaning “Owl)
  • S-70A-50 Yanshuf 3
  • S-70A-55 Yanshuf 3

The Desert Birds

Base: Palmachim

  • S-70A Black Hawks, Yanshuf 3
  • UH-60A Yanshuf 3

The Light Weight Helicopters

Base: ..

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Defenders of the West

Base: Hatzerim

  • Fouga
  • MD-500 (Lahatut)
  • AH-1 Cobra (Tzefa)
  • Grob G-120A (Snunit)
  • Black Hawk (Yanshuf)
  • Beechcraft T-6 Texan
  • Beechcraft B-80
  • AS565MA Atleet

The Defenders

Base: Ramon

  • Hughes 500MD
  • AH-64A Apache (Peeten)

The First to Sea

Base: Palmachim

  • Heron Shoval

The Black Snake Squadron

Base: Hatzerim

  • Hermes 450 Zik

The Firebird Squadron

Base: Hatzerim

  • Hermes 900 Kochav

Transport, Storm Clouds and RPV Division

The Flying Camel Squadron

Base: Hatzor

  • Fokker S 11
  • Hiller 360
  • SE313B Alouette II
  • Sikorsky S 55
  • PA-18-150 Chevayee
  • Cessna 180
  • Dornier Do-27 Dror
  • P-149 Piaggio
  • Cessna U-206 Choheet
  • BN-2A Islander (Ankor)
  • Dornier Do-288-1 Agur
  • King Air B200 Zufit
  • Bonanza A36 Hofit
  • Beech B200
  • Rayteon A36 Chofit

The Phoenix Squadron

Base: Hatzor

  • Orbiter 4 Nitzotz

The First UAV Squadron

Base: Hatzor

  • Heron Shoval

The Elephants Squadron

Base: Nevatim

  • DC-3/C-47 Dakota
  • RC-47 Barvaz
  • Mosquito
  • Hudson
  • N2501 Noratlas
  • C-130E/H Karnaf
  • IC-130J-30 Shimshon (Tayeset Ha’Filim)
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The Desert Giants Squadron

Base: Nevatim

  • B707 Phalcon
  • KC707 Re’em
  • KC46

The Nachshon Squadron

Base: Nevatim

  • G550 Nachshon Eitam
  • G-V Nachshon Shavit
  • G550 Nachshon Oron

The Knights of the Yellow Bird Squadron

Base: Nevatim

  • C-130Hi Karnaf
  • KC-130Hi Karnaf