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95th Fighter Squadron
95 FS.jpg
95th Fighter Squadron Patch
Active 9 February 1942 - 9 September 1945
12 April 1947 - 2 October 1949
1 November 1952 - 31 January 1973
1 September 1974 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter Training
Part of Air Education and Training Command
19th Air Force
325th Fighter Wing
325th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Tyndall Air Force Base
Nickname Boneheads
Motto Death with Finesse
Engagements Operation Tidal Wave
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA

The 95th Fighter Squadron (95 FS) is part of the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. It conducts advanced fighter training for the F-15 Eagle aircraft.

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Mission

History

The squadron first saw service flying the original twin-tailed fighter, the P-38 Lightning, serving in both North Africa and Italy. The 95th participated in the attacks on the Ploesti oil refineries. Each aircraft carried a 1,000-pound bomb and a 300-gallon gas tank. In May 1943, the 95th was tasked with bombing Pantellaria, supporting the Allied invasion of Sicily. In part due to the squadron's efforts the garrison surrender just prior to the Allies landing on the island. The squadron also took part in some of the first shuttle missions to Russia. At the end of World War II, the 95th tallied more than 400 total victories including 199 air-to-air kills and seven aces. [1]

During the post-war period, the squadron was assigned to the Alaskan Air Command, flying the P-51 Mustang. In the fall of 1959, the 95th was tasked with defending Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area. With the initiation of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the threat of manned bomber attacks, the 95th was assigned to 24-hour alert status. Armed with F-106 Delta Dart aircraft, the squadron could be called to action and within minutes, be airborne fully loaded and armed with nuclear missiles. [1]

The present squadron was activated at Tyndall Air Force Base on 15 August 1974, as the 95th Interceptor Training Squadron. During the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., the 95th Fighter Squadron generated combat-configured F-15 Eagles and flew combat air patrol missions over cities in the southeastern United States. [1]

The 95th currently provides air dominance training at Tyndall AFB. [1]

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Operations[2]

Lineage[2]

  • 95th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (1942)
  • 95th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (Twin Engine) (1942)
  • 95th Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) (1942 - 1944)
  • 95th Fighter Squadron, Two Engine (1944 - 1947)
  • 95th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine (1947 - 1952)
  • 95th Fighter-Interceptor Training Squadron (1974 - 1988)
  • 95th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (1988 - 1991)
  • 95th Fighter Squadron (1991 - Present)

Assignments[2]

Attached to: 5th Air Force ADVON (15 November 1969 - c. 1 May 1970)
Attached to: Air Defense Weapons Center, 1974 - 1 Oct 1979

Bases stationed[2]

Aircraft Operated[2]

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