Turkish Stars

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Turkish Stars
Turkish Air Force aerobatic demonstration team
Türk Yıldızları 2210.JPG
ActiveNovember 7, 1992
BranchTurkish Air Force
RoleAerobatic demonstration Team
Size10 Pilots, 7 Public affairs, 11 Maintenance personnel
Garrison/HQKonya Air Base
Motto(s)A perfect harmony of skill, speed and discipline...
ColorsRed, White
Major Esra Ozatay
Aircraft flown
Fighter10 NF-5A Freedom Fighter
2 NF-5B Freedom Fighter
Transport1 C-130
1 C-160

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-5 fighter planes obtained from the Royal Netherlands Air Force,[2] making them the only aerobatics team with formations of eight supersonic aircraft and one of few national aerobatics teams to fly supersonic aircraft. Twelve NF-5 fighter planes are available to the team. The team uses CASA/IPTN CN-235, C-130 and C-160 support aircraft in Turkish Stars colours. The team is stationed at the Konya Air Base of 3rd Main Jet Base Group Command.

On August 24, 2001, Turkish Stars demonstrated an airshow to more than one million people in Baku, Azerbaijan that is to be a world record.[3]


Current squadron leader Major Esra Ozatay assumed the role on 8 September 2016. She is the first and only female pilot holds this position in Turkish Air Force.[4]


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


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  1. ^ http://www.turkyildizlari.tsk.tr/TR/index.aspx
  2. ^ Hv. K. K. Mebs (19 May 2011). "About the NF-5 Aircraft – Türk Yıldızları". Turkyildizlari.tsk.tr. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.turkyildizlari.tsk.tr/TR/IcerikDetay.aspx?ID=16
  4. ^ https://www.turkyildizlari.tsk.tr/en-us/Pilots-Personnel/Pilots Turkish Stars
  5. ^ Yıldız, Mehmet Kayhan % Hasan Dönmez & Hakan Kaya (2012-03-13). "Uçak düştükten hemen sonra çekildi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2012-03-13.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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