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253 Squadron - The Negev

Israel established the 253 squadron in 1976 with Mirage and Nesher aircraft tranferred from the 101 squadron. The squadron reportedly added several Kfir C-2 aircraft in 1982 until the squadron was converted in 1987 to operate F-16A and F-16B fighters. In 2004, Israel began to acquire F-16I aircraft. As of 2005, the 253 squadron is one of two squadrons that fly the F-16I (the other is the 119 squadron).



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