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US and Greek Air Forces train together at Souda Bay, Greece
Nearly 20 U.S. Air Force F-16s from the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, are deployed to Souda Bay, Greece, for bilateral training with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23, 2014.
82 F-16Ds removed from flight status due to longeron cracks
U.S. Air Force officials recently removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats.
Eielson AFB selected as preferred alternative for first overseas-based F-35As
Air Force officials announced that Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was selected as the preferred alternative to host the first F-35A Lightning II squadrons in the Pacific area of responsibility.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Aug 21, 2014
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 60
write-off: 562
preserved: 132
stored: 679
instructional: 98
on order: 81
active: 2970
Changes '13/'14:
Fleet adds: 42
Fleet drop: 113
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1994
An F-16 testbed launches AGM-137 TSSAM and autonomous free flight dispenser system (AFDS)
Quote of the Day
Of the living ... none, not one who truly loves the sky would trade a hundred earth bound hours for one that he could fly.
-- Unknown
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F-16C Block 40
Probably an SA-8 exploded near the left external tank area. Fragments from the SAM hit the lower left side of the intake, including right through the intake. The left wing had a 2x3 inch hole and the main wing root had damage underneith. Stabilizers were peppered as well as the exhaust tail feathers. Part of the radome was also sheared off, but that damage was done during the crash landing at Rafha, Saudi Arabia when the nose gear would not extend. Major Ed 'Spot' Schumacher was a pilot who was visiting from the Fighter Weapons School and had deployed to Desert Storm with the 4th TFS. The aircraft returned to Hill AFB in a crate from Dahrain AB.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Exxon"

During my first TDY (1991) to Nellis I had gone out with the boys and got tore up from the floor up. The next day I was hung over like no-ones business and decided to take a nap in the shade under a bomb trailer full of MK-82's on the LOLA pad between go's. So as I am crawling under the trailer Combat Eddie (CE) was already under it with the dry heeves. I found me a cool spot and layed down and CE asked what my name was. I told him it was Valdez but he kept calling me "Gomez". After correcting him several times he finally said "VALDEZ!" like the oil tanker. I told him yeah thinking this old crusty bastard is so drunk that he cant even remember my name. The next breath out of his mouth was "EXXON! get the f%*k back to work and quit laying around." From that day on, Exxon has stuck with me.
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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
2012-03-13

  Lt.Col. Kurt R. "Lo-Tek" Tek

| 162 FW | 162 FW  
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs
2013-06-04
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs
2014-02-06

  Cmd. MichaĆ«l "Mickey" Artiges

350 sqn | 1 sqn | 308 FS  
2,000 Hours 2,000 Hrs
2014-05-22

  Maj. Anjar "Beagle" Legowo

3 SkU | 3 SkU  
1,000 Hours 1,000 Hrs
2014-04-25
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 TSgt. Lucas Waterfield

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21 FS | 36 FS | 354 FW | F-117 | F-22 | F-15E | 36 FS

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 (added: 3 Aug 2014)
322 sqn

 SrA. Nathanael Burgess

 (added: 22 Jul 2014)
79 FS | 36 FS

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 (added: 20 Sep 2010)
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 (added: 11 Jul 2014)
86 FW | 61 FS | F-111
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