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93rd Fighter Squadron [93rd FS]

The 93rd Fighter Squadron (the "Makos") operates out of Homestead Air Reserve Station, located near the southern end of the Florida peninsula, about 25 miles south of Miami.

The unit flies and maintains the F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft. The F-16s can be identified by the letters "FM" ("Florida Makos") and the mako shark displayed proudly on the tail.

Inactivated during the post-war 1950s, the 93rd Fighter Squadron was reactivated in October 1978 at then Homestead Air Force Base, flying F-4C Phantom II fighter aircraft. The "Makos" were the first unit in the Air Force Reserve to fly the Phantom, which was, at that time, the predominant fighter in use by the Air Force. The squadron converted to the modern F-16A in 1989 and upgraded to the F-16C model in 1995.

In August 1992, the "Makos" weathered the devastation of most of the air base by Hurricane Andrew and now operates from a restored Homestead Air Reserve Station.

Between 1999 and 2001, the 93rd Fighter Squadron F-16Cs received the Situational Awareness Data Lind (SADL), LITENING II Targeting Pod and converted to the Block 30 F-16C.

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