140 Squadron (Israel)

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140 Squadron
Country Israel
Branch Israeli Air Force
Garrison/HQNevatim Airbase
Aircraft flown
AttackLockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
140 Squadron's first F-35 on its arrival in Israel, December 12, 2016

140 Squadron of the Israeli Air Force, also known as the Golden Eagle Squadron, is an F-35I "Adir" squadron based at Nevatim Airbase.[1]

Formerly an F-16A/B squadron,[2] the squadron was closed on 2 August 2013, as part of IDF budget cuts, its aircraft allocated to 116 Squadron (Defenders of the South).[citation needed]

In 2015 it was announced that the "Golden Eagle" will be the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Squadron in the IAF.[3] The squadron received its first two aircraft on December 12, 2016.[1]


  1. ^ a b Cohen, Gili (December 12, 2016). "After Long Delay, IDF's First Two F-35 Fighter Jets Land in Israel". Haaretz. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "140 Squadron - The Golden Eagle". Globalsecurity.org. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  3. ^ "AirForces Monthly" (March 2016). Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. 2016: 23.