Originally we only planned to do a report on the current USAF F-16 force (See Profile #03), but as we started to scan slides to illustrate the report, we realized that by only concentrating on the current stuff we would miss an opportunity to cover some well known units.

Eighteen Wings and/or Groups have ceased operating the F-16, and that doesn't include the 363rd Fighter Wing, 58th Fighter Wing and the 343rd Fighter Wings.

The 184th TFG was one of two training unit's for the ANG's F-16 force, the other being the Arizona ANG's 162nd TFG (which is still operational). In 1994 the 184th converted to B-1B Lancers. Here a pair of Kansas Jayhawks F-16B's preparing to launch on a training mission 22nd March 1988.
© Doug Slowiak- Vortex Photo Graphics
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CREDITS

This Profile would not have been possible to do without the photographic assistance of the many photographers who allowed us to use their slides. Therefore we would like to offer our thanks to:

Alec Fushi (Flightline Photography), Don Logan, Doug Slowiak (Vortex Photo Graphics), Brian C Rogers, Daniel Soulaine, Jerry Geer, Matt Geer, Philippe Colin, Craig Baldwin, Kevin Jackson, Peter Rolt, Jarrod Wilkening, Bruce Trombecky, Fred Krause, Tom Kaminski, Duncan Adams, Steve Hill (EMCS), Kevin Patrick and Robert Greby.

SOURCES    
USAF & Navy '99 (Mach III plus publication)   World Air Power Journal (various issues)
349 Net website   USMIL (Aviation Associates)
J.Baugher's Serial website (F-16 Production lists)   MIL-SPOTTERS Forum
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A note about designations, we've used the last known designation i.e. Fighter Wing (FW), Fighter Group (FG) and/or Fighter Squadron (FS). Other than that it can get very confusing as most units have had several designation changes, also here are a few dates of importance!!

October 1st 1991  
Regular USAF units dropped the word 'Tactical' from their designations plus most fighter aircraft units also dropped the 'Training' part as well...
March 15th 1992
Air Force Reserve & Air National Guard units introduced the same thing.
1st June 1992
USAF Major Commands changed
i.e. Tactical Air Command (TAC) and Strategic Air Command (SAC) Major combat forces merged into Air Combat Command (ACC)
Air Force Reserve (AFRes) renamed Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)

This can get very confusing and probably need's better treatment than this! (Maybe at a later date we'll do a page on this subject...) If you've got any corrections to the info presented here please do get in touch. Of course all errors in the text/tables and/or captions are entirely our fault ( Well mainly Tim's.....)

Which brings us nicely into the 'Why did they do this?, Why haven't they included those?' subject. Below we'll try to explain our reasons/rules for inclusion and/or exclusion from this profile.

By the same rule, units that have not changed designation but have changed base and/or tailcode HAVE been include here. i.e. 31st Fighter Wing moved to Aviano AB from Homestead and changed from HS to AV tailcodes (also changed commands from ACC to USAFE).

i.e. 58th Tactical Training Wing became 58th Fighter Wing. 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron became 307th Fighter Squadron
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23rd Wing   Pope AFB, North Carolina FT
Squadron
Tail Colour
74th FS
Blue/White
     
Type/Remarks Activated 1 June 1992 as first USAF Composite wing with F-16C/D Block 40's. Wing deactivated 1998/99?
31st Fighter Wing   Homestead AFB, Florida ZF/HS
Squadron
Tail Colour
306th FS
Yellow
307th FS
Red
308th FS
Green
309th FS
Blue
 
Type/Remarks Received first F-16A/B Block 15's October 1982. Tailcode changed from "ZF" to "HS" in 1985. 1990 unit converted to F-16C/D Block 40's and was deactivated 1993. Wing number transferred to USAFE at Aviano.
56th Fighter Wing MacDill AFB, Florida MC
Squadron
Tail Colour
61st FS
Yellow 
62nd FS 
Blue
63rd FS 
Red
72nd FS 
Black
 
Type/Remarks Second USAF unit to convert to F-16's (A/B Block 10's), October 1979. Converted to Block 30 C/D's 1990. Previously a TFW/TTW redesignated FW in 1991. 1994 Squadron/Wing numbers transferred to Luke AFB, replacing 58 FW.
474th Tactical Fighter Wing Nellis AFB, Nevada NA
Squadron
Tail Colour
428th TFS
Blue
429th TFS
Yellow
430th TFS
red
 
Type/Remarks Block 1/5 F-16A/B's replaced F-4's November 1980. Unit later used Block 10's. Wing inactivated September 1989.
23 WG FT F-16C Block 40E 89-2042/FT from the 74 FS. The 23 Wing was a composite unit and operated C-130's and A-10's in addition to F-16's. All wing aircraft wore the Sharks Mouth and FT tailcode.
Daniel Soulaine
31 FW HS
Pictured here is a 31 TFW F-16A Block 15Q 83-1077, but the unit did re-equip with the C/D model. Originally tail coded ZF, they changed to HS in 1985 to reflect the base name, HomeStead.
Craig Baldwin
56 FW MC F-16C Block 30F 87-0236/MC from the 63 FS/56 FW, a training unit. The 56 FW title is still active at Luke AFB where they're still in the training role but under Air Education and Training Command.
Alec Fushi
474 TFW NA
474 TFW F-16A Block 10C 80-0492/NA. The Wing previously operated F-111's and F-4's (F-4's in the training role) Deactivated in September 1989.
Doug Slowiak/Vortex Photo Graphics
US Air Forces Europe
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50th Tactical Fighter Wing Hahn AB, Germany HR
Squadron
Tail Colour
10th TFS
Blue
313th TFS
Orange
496th TFS
Yellow
Type/Remarks Received F-16A/B Block 15's July 1982. Converted to F-16C/D Block 25'S 1986. Deactivated 1991
81st Tactical Fighter Wing RAF Bentwaters, UK WR
Squadron
Tail Colour
527th AS
Red/Yellow
Type/Remarks January 1989 received F-16C Block 32's to replace it's F-5E's. Deactivated 1990
86th Fighter Wing Ramstein AB, Germany RS
Squadron
Tail Colour
512th FS
Green/Black
526th FS
Red/Black
Type/Remarks Received first F-16C/D Block 30's December 1985. Block 40's arrived 1993/94. 1994 designated as 86 Wing. Wing converted to Airlift Wing 1994/95.
401st Tactical Fighter Wing Torrejon AB, Spain TJ
Squadron
Tail Colour
612th TFS
Blue/White
613th TFS
Yellow/Blue
614th TFS
Red/Blue
Type/Remarks F-16A/B Block 15's arrived April 1983, upgraded to C/D Block 30's 1989. Deactivated in 1991
50 TFW HR F-16C Block 25E 84-1295/HR photographed at Excalibur '89 held at RAF Lakenheath. The 50 TFW was the first USAFE unit to receive F-16's in the form of Block 15's.
Unknown/Peter Greengrass Collection
81 TFW WR Previously base at RAF Alconbury flying F-5E's the 527 AS moved to RAF Bentwaters January 1989. F-16C Block 30A 86-0229/WR (The WR tailcode stood for Woodbridge, which was a co-located base to Bentwaters.
Peter Rolt
86 FW RS Lifting of from RAF Fairford is F-16C 85-1546, a Block 30B. The 86th previously flew F-84's,F-102's and F-4's until its first Falcons arrived in December 1985. 
Peter Greengrass
401 TFW TJ F-16C Block 30E from the 612 TFS 'Fighting Eagles', based in Spain at Torrejon AB until inactivation after 'Desert Storm' in 1991
Peter Greengrass
Air Force Reserve
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507th Fighter Group Tinker AFB, Oklahoma SH
Squadron
Tail Colour
465th FS
Blue
Type/Remarks 1988 began re-equipping with F-16A/B Block 10's from F-4D's. Converted to KC-135R's in 1994 to become 507 ARW.
906th Fighter Group Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio DO
Squadron
Tail Colour
89th FS
Red/Black
Type/Remarks Converted to F-16A/B Block 10's in October 1989. Deactivated September 1994. The 89th is now an Airlift Squadron.
926th Fighter Wing NAS New Orleans JRB, Louisiana NO
Squadron
Tail Colour
706th FS 
Red 
Type/Remarks Re-equipped from A-10's to F-16C/D Block Block 30's, 1992/93. Then in 1998/99 changed back to OA/A-10's.
507 FG SH F-16A Block 10A 79-0384/SH, 465 FS 507 FG. The SH tailcode stood for 'Sierra Hotel' or in less polite language 'Shit Hot'!!. The 465th are now a Air Refuelling Squadron flying KC-135R's.
Jerry Geer
906 FG DO 89 FS F-16A Block 10B 80-0474/DO. The 89th was one of the last USAF units to operate Block 10's. Their now in the Airlift role flying C-141 Starlifters, under the 445 AW.
Tom Kaminski
926 FW NO Originally flying OA-37's and then A-10's, the 706FS went on to operate F-16C/D's Block 30's until returning to the A-10 in 1998/99. 
F-16C Block 30B 85-1549/NO
Unknown/Peter Greengrass Collection
Air National Guard
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107th Fighter Group Niagara Falls, New York  
Squadron
Tail Colour
136th FS
Red
Type/Remarks Converted from F-4D's to F-16A/B Block 10's in 1990/91. Subsequently upgraded to ADF. Gave up it's Vipers in 1994 to become a ARS flying KC-135R's.
125th Fighter Wing Jacksonville IAP, Florida FL
Squadron
Tail Colour
159th FS
Low-Viz
Type/Remarks Started Converting to F-16A/B Block 15' in 1986, but did not finish until April 1988. 1990 upgraded to ADF standard. Converted to F-15A/B's in 1995/96.
142nd Fighter Group Kingsley Field, Oregon  
Squadron
Tail Colour
114th FS
Low-Viz
Type/Remarks F-16A/B Block 15's began arriving late 1988. First ANG unit to receive ADF's in 1989. 1998 converted to F-15C/D's.
156th Fighter Wing Muniz ANGB, Puerto Rico PR
Squadron
Tail Colour
198th FS
Red/White/Blue
Type/Remarks During 1992/93 converted to F-16A/B ADF Block 15's from A-7's. Replaced it's F-16's in 1998/99 with C-130's becoming 198th AS/156 AW.
182nd Fighter Group Greater Peoria Apt, Illinois IL
Squadron
Tail Colour
169th FS
Low-Viz
Type/Remarks 14 March 1992 saw the unit converting from OA-37's to F-16A/B ADF Block 15's. 1994 swapped it's F-16's for C-130E's to become an Airlift Squadron/Wing. 
184th Fighter Group McConnell AFB, Kansas  
Squadron
Tail Colour
127th FS
Low-Viz
161st FS
Low-Viz
177th FS
Low-Viz
Type/Remarks 161 TFTS created to operate F-16A/B Block 10'S along side the F-4D which equipped the  other Squadrons. The F-16 eventually equipped all the squadrons by March 1990. 1990/91 re-equipped with C/D Block 25's. Converted to a Bomb Squadron/Wing operating B-1B's
191st Fighter Group Selfridge ANGB, Michigan  
Squadron
Tail Colour
171st FS
Yellow/Black
Type/Remarks Conversion to F-16A/B Block 15's completed in July 1990, and eventually upgraded to ADF's. 1994 converted to C-130E's.
107 FG F-16A ADF Block 15E 81-0736. Until its inactivation  the 136th had been involve in air defence of the US since the 1950's, flying various types including F-101's and F-4's. They gave up their Vipers for KC-13R's in 1994.
Daniel Soulaine
125 FW FL F-16A ADF Block 15C 81-0681 159 FS, 125 FW, Florida ANG. The 159th later added FL tailcodes to their a/c. The 159th are still in the air defence role but flying F-15 Eagles.
Jerry Geer
142 FG
F-16B ADF Block 15P 82-1046, 114 FS, 142 FG, Oregon ANG, photographed at the Last Chance at Kingsley Field. The 114th was involved in the task of training air defence crews for the ANG. Originally a Tactical Fighter Training Squadron they redesignated March 1992 as a Fighter Squadron.
Peter Rolt
156 FW PR F-16A ADF Block 15C 81-0685/PR. The 198th operated in the tactical role (signified by their PR codes) despite being equipped with the ADF variant. 
Alec Fushi/Flightline Photography
182 FG IL F-16A ADF Block 15M 82-0966/IL from the 169 FS, 182 FG, Illinois ANG. Another unit not involved with air defence but still flying the ADF, the 169th had a dual-role battlefield mission.
Jerry Geer
184 FG  Presently flying something slightly larger than a Viper, the B-1B Lancer. The 184th converted to a Bomb Wing in 1994. Before that they were a F-16 Training unit. F-16B Block 10D 80-0632.
Matt Geer
191 FG F-16A ADF Block 15E 81-0719, 171 FS 'Michigan Wolves', 191 FG, Michigan ANG. The 171st now fly C-130E's in the airlift role. 
Unknown/Peter Greengrass Collection
Given only a couple of shades of grey paint, the ANG Viper units could still be counted on to provide some interesting tailmarks.
 

Units that only changed designation, but stayed in same location and/or kept same tailcodes have NOT been listed here (They have been included in Profile #03 though). i.e. 58th Fighter Wing changed designation to 56th Fighter Wing but stayed at Luke AFB with LF codes.

For completeness (and seeing as their is only three of them), the other two are the 363 FW (now 20 FW) and the 343 FW (now the 354 FW).

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