Mr. Bones Is Back

Posted 11 October 2013
Photo by Lisa Norman

The US Air Force reactivated the 95th Fighter Squadron in ceremonies at Tyndall AFB, Florida, on 11 October 2013. The 95th FS, now an F-22 squadron, is preparing for the transfer of twenty-four Raptors from Holloman AFB, New Mexico. From September 1974 to December 2010, the 95th FS, whose mascot is Mr. Bones, a skeleton with a top hat and cane, trained thousands of fighter/interceptor pilots and weapons controllers using the T-33 Shooting Star and F-15 Eagle. The additional aircraft will bring the total number of Raptors at Tyndall to more than fifty, the largest contingent of F-22s at one location. The 43rd FS at Tyndall is the F-22 training squadron.

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