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22 Fighter Squadron - USAFE
 

Touchdown AviationThe 22nd Fighter Squadron (FS) was originally constituted as the 22nd Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) on 22 December 1939. It activated on 1 February 1940 at Langley Field, Virginia, and was assigned to the 36th Pursuit (later, 36th Fighter-) Group. The 22nd relocated to Bitburg AB, Germany, on 28 October 1952, and remained there until the base's closure in 1994.  

During Operation Desert Storm, the 22nd flew the F-15 Eagle and fought from both Al Kharj Air Base, Saudi Arabia, and Inçirlik Air Base, Turkey. The 22nd FS flew more than 7.000 combat hours during the conflict and was the only squadron in the coalition to achieve kills on both fronts.

The squadron was transferred to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 1, 1994, operating the F-16CJ. In 1998, the 22nd FS transitioned to its new primary mission as a "Wild Weasel" unit performing suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD).  The 22nd FS was quickly put into combat with its new capability when it deployed to Operation Northern Watch (ONW) in January 1999, and engaged Iraqi radars with 12 HARMs while protecting coalition assets during heightened tensions with Iraq.

After three months at ONW, the squadron was retasked and returned to Spangdahlem where they flew combat missions into northern Yugoslavia protecting F-117s and B-2s striking key military targets in and around Belgrade in support of Operation Allied Force. The pilots of the 22nd FS flew combat missions over Yugoslavia and fired 202 HARMs at Serbian radars. In addition, the squadron performed its secondary and tertiary missions, employing 16 Mk 84s on key military targets while providing air superiority.

From December 2000 to March 2001, the squadron was assigned to Air Expeditionary Force 9. The Stingers regularly fly combat missions in support of Operations Northern and Southern Watch.

In response to U.S. Presidential directives after the 9/11 attacks, the Big 22nd provided fighter escort to C-17 aircraft over Afghanistan during humanitarian relief missions, within 100 hours of notification, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In January 2003, the squadron forward deployed as the 22nd Expeditionary FS to Southwest Asia in support of U.S. Central Command and flew combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The squadron played a key role during the 27-day air war by fulfilling it's Wild Weasel SEAD mission and destroying Iraqi radar sites.

F-16C Fighting Falcon - 90-0818/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe
 

The individual aircraft:

F-16C Fighting Falcon - 90-0813/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16C Fighting Falcon - 90-0813   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 90-0818/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 90-0818   F-16C Fighting Falcon - 90-0828/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16C Fighting Falcon - 90-0828   F-16C Fighting Falcon - 90-0829/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16C Fighting Falcon - 90-0829
 
F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 90-0831/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 90-0831   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 90-0833/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 90-0833   F-16D Fighting Falcon - 90-0843/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16D Fighting Falcon - 90-0843   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0337 (w/o 14-09-2006) - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0337 (w/o 14-09-2006)
 
F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0338/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0338   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0340/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0340   F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0342/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0342   F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0343/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0343
 
F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0344/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0344   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0351/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0351   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0352/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0352   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0366/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0366
 
F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0391/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0391   F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0406/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16CJ Fighting Falcon - 91-0406   F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0408/SP - 22 Fighter Squadron - United States Air Forces in Europe F-16C Fighting Falcon - 91-0408  
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