Turkish Stars

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Turkish Stars
Turkish Air Force aerobatic demonstration team
Türk Yıldızları 2210.JPG
Active November 7, 1992
Country Turkey
Branch Turkish Air Force
Role Aerobatic demonstration Team
Size 10 Pilots, 7 Public affairs, 11 Maintenance personnel
Garrison/HQ Konya Air Base
Motto A perfect harmony of skill, speed and discipline...
Colors Red, White
Aircraft flown
Fighter 10 NF-5A Freedom Fighter
2 NF-5B Freedom Fighter
Transport 1 C-130 Hercules
1 Transall C-160
1 CASA CN-235

The Turkish Stars (Turkish: Türk Yıldızları) are the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force and the national aerobatics team of Turkey.

The team was formed on November 7, 1992 and was named the Turkish Stars on January 11, 1993.[1]

Turkish Stars fly with eight Canadair NF-5s, obtained from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, making them one of the few national aerobatics teams to fly supersonic aircraft, and the only one with formations of eight supersonic jets. Twelve F-5s are available to the team. The team uses CN-235, C-130 Hercules and Transall C-160 support aircraft in Turkish Stars colours. It is stationed at the Konya Air Base of 3rd Main Jet Base Group Command.

On August 24, 2001, Turkish Stars demonstrated a show to more than one million people in Baku, Azerbaijan that is to be a world record.[citation needed]

Incidents[edit]

On 13 March 2012, a team's Northrop F-5 fighter jet crashed during a training session in Konya Province 2 km (1.2 mi) to the airbase, where the team is stationed. Pilot Flight lieutenant Ümit Özer died, who had joined the Turkish Stars shortly before.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.turkyildizlari.tsk.tr/TR/index.aspx
  2. ^ Yıldız, Mehmet Kayhan % Hasan Dönmez & Hakan Kaya (2012-03-13). "Uçak düştükten hemen sonra çekildi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2012-03-13. 

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