F-16, F-22 and F-35 News
AI defeats top Viper driver in DARPA’s dogfight contest
A computer program easily beat a veteran U.S. F-16 pilot in five rounds of simulated F-16 flight combat during a competition intended to spur the development of artificial intelligence that helps pilots during aerial dogfights.
First two F-16s of the Peace Carpathian II program delivered.
Today the first two F-16s of the Peace Carpathian II program were delivered to the Forţele Aeriene Române (Romanian Air Force) and landed at Feteşti AB.
New F-35 flagship welcomed by youngest pilot, crew chiefs
Three new F-35A Lightning II aircraft belonging to the 354th Fighter Wing arrived from the factory line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, to their home station on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 30, 2020.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Oct 25, 2020
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 152
write-off: 616
preserved: 152
stored: 612
instructional: 106
on order: 3
active: 2912
Changes '19/'20:
Fleet adds: 0
Fleet drop: 35
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Today in F-16 history
25 Oct 1980
F-16 officially attains initial operational capability - combat ready status - with the U.S. Air Force.
25 Oct 1987
USAF Thunderbirds completed Pacific tour to 14 cities in 10 countries: first show in People's Republic of China, first Pacific tour in F-16, first Pacific tour since 1959.
Quote of the Day
More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination...
-- Wilbur Wright
F-16 Hall of Fame
Long-range Viper
USAF #83120
F-16C Block 25
In 1994 Lockheed proposed the F-16 ES (Enhanced Strategic), a reach-extended version of the F-16 for the Israeli Strike Fighter competition. The aircraft was the first F-16 to be fitted with Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) and was fitted with internal FLIR to reduce the drag associated with LANTIRN pods. When combined with a 320-gal. centerline tank and two 600-gal. underwing tanks, the F-16ES had an unrefueled mission radius of 1,025 mi. (with a typical strike load of two 2,000-lb. bombs and four air-to-air missiles), representing a 40% increase in range. After losing the Israeli contract to the F-15I, LMTAS re-used some ES technologies (like the CFTs) in new F-16 models like the Block 60.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Spanky"

Had a well known proclivity for masturbation.
Sierra Hotel
Latest Viper Drivers to reach 1K - 6K flying hours:
6,000 Hours 6,000 Hrs
2008-05-02

  Lt.Col. Mike "Brillo" Brill

| 466 FS | 421 FS  
5,000 Hours 5,000 Hrs
2014-01-04

  Lt.Col. Robert "T. Rex" Carpenter , Jr

| 162 FW | 148 FS | 1 sqn  
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs
2019-01-16

  Col. Bradley "Divot" Jackson

| 179 FS | 179 FS  
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs
2019-08-05

  Maj. Emre Mert

| 151 Filo | 132 Filo  
2,000 Hours 2,000 Hrs
2020-02-05

  Lt.Col. Scott "Cipher" Fann

77 FS | 416 FLTS  
1,000 Hours 1,000 Hrs
2019-10-25
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Crew Chief Profiles

 SSgt Jordan Rodgers

 (added: 22 Oct 2020)
79 FS | 79 FS | 79 FS | 79 FS

 SMSgt. Tom Dummermuth

 (added: 29 Dec 2006)
175 FS | 195 FS | 152 FS | 152 FS | 152 FS | 175 FS | 175 FS | 175 FS

 SMSgt. James Pons

 (added: 8 May 2007)
| 310 FS | 614 TFS | 23 FS | 510 FS | 416 FLTS | F-22 | 51 FW | 55 FS | 46 TW

 SSgt. Robert Pevoroff

 (added: 13 Feb 2007)
421 FS | 421 FS | 421 FS | 421 FS | 421 FS | 366 FW

 SSgt. Scott Gandy

 (added: 22 Dec 2006)
33 FS | 33 FS | 35 FS
F-16 Unit
192 Filo "Tiger (Kaplan)" (TuAF)