36th Fighter Squadron [36th FS]
[Base Code: OS]
The 36th Fighter Squadron performs air interdiction, close air support, and counter-air missions with LANTIRN (Low Altitude and Targeting Infrared for Night) equipped fighters at Osan AB, South Korea.
A pilot from the 36th Fighter Squadron here ejected from his F-16 at 6:15 p.m. 24 August 1999, approximately one mile off the east coast of South Korea near Kangnung. The pilot was on a routine training mission. The pilot was picked up by a South Korean civilian boat and was transported to the Osan hospital where he underwent medical evaluation.
Six Osan F-16s deployed to Peya Lebar Republic of Singapore Air Force Base, Singapore, 15 July 2000 in support of Commando Sling, an ongoing cooperative effort of air combat training between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore Air Forces. The F-16s from the 36th Fighter Squadron returned to Osan Aug. 8. During Commando Sling, Osan pilots practice their air combat skills against allied pilots from the Republic of Singapore Air Force off the East Coast of Singapore over the South China Sea. Commando Sling is a year-round Air Force-wide program that allows both militaries to hone their air combat skills in near real-world scenarios. The U.S. Air Force rotates squadrons for three-week periods. The host squadron, the 497th Combat Training Squadron, provides support for rotating squadrons.
In August 2000 F-16s from Osan's 36th Fighter Squadron honed their dogfighting skills during a live-fire missile training exercise at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The exercise, dubbed Combat Archer, gives fighter aircraft the opportunity to live-fire air-to-air missiles at moving targets and practice air-to-air engagement with other fighter aircraft. During the training, Osan's pilots were given the opportunity to shoot the AIM-9 infrared missile and the AMRAAM-120 radar-guided missile at the drone aircraft. The targets are drone aircraft flown remotely by a Weapons System Evaluation Program team. Along with the live-fire portion of the exercise, the "Fiends" also had a chance to do air combat training with Tyndall's F-15s. The "Fiends" attended Combat Archer in conjunction with their deployment to Cope Thunder, the large force employment exercise at Eielson AFB, Alaska.
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 36th Fighter Squadron crashed at Osan on May 29, 2003 while taking off on a training mission. The pilot ejected safely and was treated at the base hospital.
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