113 Squadron (Israel)

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113 Squadron
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Hornet Squadron
Active 1955-1987 2005-present
Country  Israel
Branch  Israeli Air Force
Role Air Defence/Ground Support
Garrison/HQ Ramon Airbase
Aircraft flown
Attack helicopter AH-64D Apache Longbow


The 113 Squadron of the Israeli Air Force, also known as the Tayeset Ha'Tsira'a (Hornet or Wasp Squadron), was formed on October 4, 1955. The Hornets were the first squadron to fly 24 MD450B Dassault Ouragans, it suffered eight fatalities during the 1967 Six-Day War.

By January 1973 IAI Nesher replaced the Dassault Ouragans that were retired from duty; in 1976 the squadron replaced the Nesher with the IAI Kfir C-1. The squadron was disbanded in 1987.

The squadron was reformed in September 1990 as the first Israeli AH-64A Apache squadron and slowly migrated to the exclusive use of the AH-64D Apache Longbow in 2005.

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