How Many Planes Are in a Fighter Squadron?


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In 1997, the majority of fighter squadrons were reduced to 18 aircraft. Prior to that, a squadron could include as many as 24 aircraft.

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Squadrons are used by armed forces, such as the U.S. Air Force, to provide support in the event of a crisis. While the organization of the squadron depends on the type of crisis it is supporting, there are a few essential operations that are components of every squadron. This includes technical, mess, maintenance, supply and headquarters. The exact number of planes in a squadron can vary based on the local weather conditions and what type of support it must provide.

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