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Visible on this poor quality
photo are three "Kartal" team Northrop F-5A at Aviano AB;
under the nose the Turkish AF emblem. Photo: unknown
Türk Yildizlari - Turkish Stars / 134 Akrotim Filo (Acrobatic team)
Turkish and English versions badges and under cockpit
badge 20 years badge 20 years under cockpit
After an interruption of 21 years approval to form a new team to be established at Konya AB within the 132 Filo equipped with 4 Canadair NF-5A and NF-5B was given on 07-11-92; 132 Filo aircrafts were inspected and 4 pilots selected to be the core of the team. Members of the team went to Canada, United Kingdom and Italy to study the local procedures. Official team foundation date is 07-11-92, receiving its present name on 11-01-93; 10 Canadair NF-5A and 2 NF-5B were allocated to it.
Acrobatic flying training was successfully completed on double-seaters by January 1993 and in the same year training for a team of four and five components started.
Modifications on the aircrafts, removing guns barrell, chaff/flare dispenser, installation of a smoke generator and a new flight safety system, as well as painting in the colours of the team of 9 single- and 1 double-seaters. Works started in August 1993 at the 1st Air Supply and Maintenance Center; they were completed by July 1994.
In the meantime the first official demonstration took place at on 18-06-93 at the Akinci AB, near Ankara; aircrafts were still in their original camouflage colours.
134 FiloThe year 1994 saw the independence of the team with the establishment of the 134 Filo; it remained based at Konya AB.
Unfortunately one of the Squadrons' Canadair
NF-5A-2000 was written off on 13-03-12, shortly after take-off from Konya AB on a training flight.
The aircrafts were repainted after the 2011 display season for the 20th anniversary with even more eye-catching colours, to render them more visible and recognising them as the "Turkish National Team in the Sky"
Photo: Turkish AF
By the end of 2011 the team had performed a total of 388 displays in 19 countries (8 in Austria, 2 in Azerbajan, 7 in Belgium, 4 in Bulgaria, 2 in the Czech Republic, 1 in Denmark, 4 in France, 12 in Hungary, 2 in Israel, 1 in Italy, 2 in Jordan, 6 in the Netherlands, 1 in Norway, 4 in Romania, 2 in Slovakia, 40 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, 280 in Turkey, 2 in the United Arab Emirates, 8 in the United Kingdom).
One demonstration took place in Cyprus on 19-07-01; nine aircrafts
landed at Lefkoniko airport and gave a show over the sea and in
the Kyrenia and Karpasia regions; they departed on 21-07-01.
Another demonstration was on 20-07-03; ten aircrafts landed at Tymbou airport together with 4 McDonnel F-4 and 4 General Dynamics F-16. Seven Canadairs gave a demonstration the same day over the sea area of Kyrenia; they left the following day.
The Filo formed a flight of 8 former 133 Squadron camouflaged F-5A-2000 and 2 F-5B-2000 upon disbandment of this unit in July 2013 to maintain instructors' experience.
A Lockheed C-130, painted in teams' colours, was used as a support aircraft till 2008, when it was replaced by one C-160 Transall, also in the teams' colours.
Canadair NF-5As and
NF-5B were at Konya 05-05-15 in Türk Yilzari colours; five were
read and others not. In addition 11 Northrop F-5A-2000 and 1 F-5B-2000
were seen at 1st Depot in Eskisehir.