Turkish Air Force aerobatic demonstration team
|Active||November 7, 1992|
|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...|
|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 team was formed on November 7, 1992 and was named the Turkish Stars on January 11, 1993.
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 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.
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