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 squadron's motto coincides with the SAF Commando's elite unit the Special Operations Force (SOF).
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, 1990 and 2017.
- 16× T/A-4SU Super Skyhawks (1975–2003)
- 12× F-16C/D Fighting Falcons (2003–present)
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