Insurgence Squadron O- 2 A
1972 (1349) 12 ships of O-2A were purchased and delivered to IIAF
pilots in the USA.
The aircraft had to be completely modified into a large fuel tank,
leaving the pilots' seat unchanged from the original design; this
was to accommodate the large fuel requirements for a direct flight
from the US base to Tehran. The great skills of the IIAF pilots
allowed the 12 ships to be flown without incident to Iran.
The Squadron was first formed in Tehran (Doshan Tappeh)and subsequently
transferred to Tabriz, which later became a Tactical Air Base.
The Squadron was initially under the command of Shahrokhi AFB(Hamadan).
When Tabriz became a Tactical Fighter Base, the squadron was operationally
under the command of the Second Tactical Fighter Base.
The O-2 Squadron was one of the rare squadrons in IIAF which was
a self sufficient squadron, Having more than 25 Instructor pilots
and pilots and over 400 Maintenance crew all under command of the
The O-2 A squadron commanders
Col. Mohammad Reza Pezeshki
Col. Mostafa Afshar
Some of the pilots were: Bijan Riahi-Abdolah Saedy-Ata
Rahimi-Hooshang Shad Anbaz-
Akbar Salehi-Mahmood Firoozi - Asghar Razaghi-Mahmood Khaleghi-Abbas
Reza Saadatmandi-Khosrow Anssari-Khosrow Moogooei-Ghassem Ebadi-Akbar
Rookh Faraz- ..... Moghaddam-.........Derogar-........Sotoodeh-Dawood
Fardmanesh-Majid Rashidi pour -.........Reyhani- .........Teymoor
Zadeh-Mostafa Soory-Reza Moezi-.........Fereydoon Zadeh-.......Shamsaee-
...... Chamani -.......Khadiv-..........Alikhani.
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The squadron's mission was pilot training and operational readiness
in combined Army/Navy/Air Force operations. The squadron also assumed
wing training for those stationed in Iran.
Their missions were:
Formation, Navigation, Night Flight, Gunnery, Night Gunnery and
The aircraft had 2 guns and two rocket pods with capability for
7 rockets or, 4 rocket pods
.In 1978, this squadron was ultimately transferred to the Army (Hawa
Nirooz). There, the instructor pilots trained the Hawa Nirooz pilots
for a minimum of six months.
When the aircraft were at last transferred, the Army pilots were
more than ready to operate these ships. Later, all pilots, instructor
pilots and maintenance specialists were assigned to transport squadrons
such as "Friendship" F-27 and the reliable "Hercules"C-130