143 Squadron, Republic of Singapore Air Force
|RSAF 143 Squadron|
|Garrison/HQ||Tengah Air Base|
|Equipment||Twelve F-16C/D Fighting Falcons|
|A Phoenix stretching its wings.|
The 143 Squadron "Phoenix" of the Republic of Singapore Air Force currently operates twelve F-16 Fighting Falcon of the F-16C/D Block 52 version. Based in Tengah Airbase, it specialises in intercepting aerial targets, assisting the air-to-ground operations of sister squadron, the 140 Squadron. Named after the Phoenix, the squadron goes by the motto "We Dare".
Formed in 1975, the squadron first flew the A-4 Skyhawk from Changi Airbase before moving to Tengah later the same year. In late 1980, it was the first to operate the newly upgraded version of the A-4 aircraft, locally known as the A-4SU Super Skyhawk. The squadron switched to the F-16s when the newer aircraft took over the main combat roles of the RSAF.
The tail is adorned with a yellow & black checkered tailband. The squadron's logo is centered with the serial number on the base of the tail.
The squadron won the Best Fighter Squadron in the following years: 1989 and 1990.
- 16× T/A-4SU Super Skyhawks (1975–2003)
- 12× F-16C/D Fighting Falcons (2003–present)
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