IRAQI AIR FORCE – 203rd SQUADRON – INSTRUCTOR

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203rd Squadron

On 16 Dec 2009, simultaneous with the delivery of the first batch of four Beechcraft T-6A Texan II, the Iraqi Flight Training School became the Iraqi Air Force College and moved to Combat Outpost Speicher. The initial four aircraft equipped the 3rd Training Squadron. The final batch of four aircraft left the USA on 8 Nov 2010 and arrived in Iraq the following day, coinciding with the first graduation of 20 new Iraqi pilots — eight on fixed-wing and 12 on rotary-wing types — bringing the total number of pilots trained to 102.

Initial flight training on the T-6A began on 20 Mar 2010, under the instruction of the U.S. 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron. In 11 Jan 2011, the 3rd Training Squadron became the 203rd Training Squadron. On 5 Sep 2011, 11 trained Iraqi instructors took over from the American instructors.

IRAQI AIR FORCE

The Iraqi Air Force (IQAF) (Arabic: القوة الجوية العراقية; Al Quwwa al Jawwiya al Iraqiya) is the aerial warfare service branch of the Iraqi Armed Forces, responsible for the policing of international borders and surveillance of national assets. The IQAF also acts as a support force for the Iraqi Navy and the Iraqi Army and it allows Iraq to rapidly deploy its developing Army.

The Iraqi Air Force was founded in 1931, during British rule of Iraq, with only a few pilots. Aside from a brief period during the Second World War, the Iraqi Air Force operated mostly British aircraft until the 14 July Revolution in 1958, when the new Iraqi government began increased diplomatic relationships with the Soviet Union. The air force used both Soviet and British aircraft throughout the 1950s and 1960s. When Saddam Hussein came to power in 1979, the air force grew very quickly when Iraq ordered more Soviet and French aircraft. Its peak came after the long and bloody Iran-Iraq War, which ended in 1988, when it consisted of over 950 aircraft, becoming the largest air force in the region. Its downfall came during the Gulf War (1990–91) and continued while coalition forces enforced no-fly zones. The remains of Iraq’s air force was destroyed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Currently, the IQAF is rebuilding and receiving most of its training and aircraft from the USA.

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