This fighter will be fast replaced and
the basic day fighter replaced into all-weather with the arrival of the
CF-100 Mk V “Canuck” at the end of 1958. Mid 1964 the squadron is fully
equipped and operational on the new fighter, the Lockheed F-104G “Starfighter”.
The 349 squadron was operational on the “starfighter” until the arrival
of the new General Dynamic (later Lockheed-Martin) F-16 “Fighting
Falcon”. The squadron was the first declared fully operational on the
new fighter on January 1st, 1981
This little overview to highlight the 70 anniversary of the squadron in
2012 and the special paint applied on the FA110.
The plane wears a modern style white and blue
scheme, colors of the squadron. The tail is decorated with an upper view
of a Spitfire and a “Mace” imago of the squadron since the Royal Air
Force period. “Strike Home, Strike Hard” is what the squadron did during
70 years when it was involved in war operations, the last in Lybia and
still ongoing in Afghanistan.
Thanks to Adj Bart Rosselle, official photographer of the Belgian Air
Force and ComOpsAir IPR we are able to present our readers a selection
of air to air pictures of the GE-X alias FA110.
Enjoy the flight and like we said…Happy Birthday 349 Squadron