Black Sheep reactivated
The 8th Fighter Squadron was reactivated at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, on August 4, six years after being inactivated. Known as the ‘Black Sheep’, the squadron will support training efforts as part of the 54th Fighter Group and will operate the Block 40 version of the F-16C/D. The squadron had previously flown the F-22A as part of the 49th Fighter Wing until May 13, 2011. The 54th FG is a geographically separated unit of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Arizona. Holloman is expected to receive more than 40 F-16Cs that are being transferred from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah, as part of the USAF’s move to increase the production of fighter pilots to alleviate its current shortage.