Turkish Stars

The Turkish Stars (Turkish: Türk Yıldızları) are the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force and the national aerobatics team of Turkey.

Turkish Stars
Turkish Air Force aerobatic demonstration team
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ActiveNovember 7, 1992
BranchTurkish Air Force
RoleAerobatic demonstration Team
Size10 Pilots, 7 Public affairs, 11 Maintenance personnel
Garrison/HQKonya Air Base
Motto(s)A perfect harmony of skill, speed and discipline...
ColorsRed, White, Gray
Major Esra Özatay
Aircraft flown
Fighter10 NF-5A Freedom Fighter
2 NF-5B Freedom Fighter
Transport1 C-130
1 C-160

The team was formed on November 7, 1992 and was named the Turkish Stars on January 11, 1993.[1]

Turkish Stars fly with eight Canadair NF-5 fighter planes obtained from the Royal Netherlands Air Force,[2] making them one of few national aerobatics teams to fly supersonic aircraft. Twelve NF-5 fighter planes are available to the team. The team uses CASA/IPTN CN-235, C-130 and C-160 support aircraft in Turkish Stars colours. The team is stationed at the Konya Air Base of 3rd Main Jet Base Group Command. As a part of modernization programs of the Turkish Air Force, the NF-5 aircraft are planned to be replaced with locally produced TAI Hurjet in mid 2020s.[3]

On August 24, 2001, Turkish Stars demonstrated an airshow to more than one million people in Baku, Azerbaijan that is to be a world record.[4]


Current squadron leader Major Esra Özatay assumed the role on 8 September 2016. She is the first and only female pilot to hold this position in the Turkish Air Force.[5]


On 13 March 2012, one of the team's NF-5 fighter planes crashed during a training session in Konya Province 2 km (1.2 mi) from the airbase where the team is stationed. Pilot Flight lieutenant Ümit Özer, who had joined the Turkish Stars shortly before, died in the crash.[6]

On 7 April 2021, an NF-5 fighter plane crashed during a training session near Karatay. Pilot Flight lieutenant Burak Gençcelep died in the crash.[7]


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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Hv. K. K. Mebs (19 May 2011). "About the NF-5 Aircraft – Türk Yıldızları". Turkyildizlari.tsk.tr. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  3. ^ "HÜRJET | Turkish Aerospace". www.tusas.com. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Türk Yıldızları > Pilots & Personnel > Pilots". September 16, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-09-16.
  6. ^ Yıldız, Mehmet Kayhan % Hasan Dönmez & Hakan Kaya (2012-03-13). "Uçak düştükten hemen sonra çekildi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2012-03-13.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Konya'da 'Türk Yıldızları' uçağı düştü: 1 şehit". Anadolu Agency (in Turkish). 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2021-04-07.

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