#1124 F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon
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F-16C Fighting Falcon
90-0825 '14 FS'
14 FS, 35 FW
Misawa AB, Japan
US - Air Force
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1124 - F-16C Fighting Falcon, 90-0825, 14th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan. The 14th Reconnaissance Squadron formed at Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1942 flying the Lockheed F-5A, a modified version of the P-38 Lightning. The squadron moved to England and flew its first combat mission on August 12, 1943. In November the 14th received Supermarine Spitfires and, in April 1945, North American P-51D Mustangs to provide self-escort capability. It operated all three aircraft types throughout the war. The squadron flew the first reconnaissance missions over Berlin and earned seven campaign streamers and a Distinguished Unit Citation. Deactivated after hostilities, the squadron weathered the post-war 1940s and turbulent 1950s with a series of brief calls to duty. It reactivated in October 1966 at Bergstrom AFB, Texas as the 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron flying the McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II. Arriving at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand in October 1967, the 14th commenced operations over Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia the following month and quickly gained a reputation as the theater’s premier reconnaissance squadron. It continued combat operations in Southeast Asia until inactivated in June 1975. Reactivated in January 1987 at Misawa AB, Japan, the 14th Tactical Fighter Squadron returned to its Lockheed roots flying the F-16C Fighting Falcon. Aptly nicknamed the “Fightin’ Samurai” for their warrior spirit, the unit became the 14th Fighter Squadron in late 1994 when it began flying the F-16CJ which provided improved capabilities to combat radar-guided surface threats. To honor the 35th Fighter Wing’s “Wild Weasel” heritage, the squadron traded its renowned “MJ” tail code for “WW” in June 1996. In March 2003, the Samurai held true to their “Wild Weasel” heritage in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM when they were the first non-stealth aircraft over Baghdad and fired the first HARM of the war. Today, the “Fightin’ Samurai” proudly carry on their warrior tradition, ready to answer freedom’s call anywhere, anytime. SAMURAI WOOD!
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