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US blocking Israel’s F-16 sale to Croatia?
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has reportedly refused to approve the sale of 12 F-16 combat aircraft to Croatia. The US government must approve the sale of its planes sold to any country.
Combat power exercise conducted at Hill AFB
The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing conducted a combat power exercise November 19, launching dozens of F-35A Lightning IIs within a condensed period of time.
388th FW drops GBU-49 in combat training
The 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron recently returned from a weapons evaluation exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where they employed the GBU-49 for the first time in F-35A combat training.
Today in F-16 history
13 Dec 1973
Rollout of prototype YF-16 Number One, #72-1567, at General Dynamics' Fort Worth facility.
Quote of the Day
When reaching a stalemate, win with a technique the enemy does not expect.
-- Miyamoto Musashi
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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
Cpt. in the Air Force on a cargo run to Guantanamo Bay in the late '80s decides to take his crew deep sea fishing. He was fighting the, "Biggest fish in the whole damn ocean," and pulls out a Sting Ray less than a foot across. Now he's a SASI with the AF JROTC, his cadets (I'm one of them) still call him Stingray over the walkie's when were on security at the football games!
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