Belgium rejects French lobbying for Rafale Fighters
Belgium has rejected French offer of Rafale fighter jets for the country’s bid to replace aging F-16 fighter jets. Belgium had called for tenders in March to replace its ageing fleet of 34 F-16 fighter aircraft for an estimated $4.2 billion.
20 Jan 1974
Unintentional first flight of the first YF-16 (#72-1567), a short hop around the pattern at the hands of test pilot Phil Oestricher.
Quote of the Day
When one has shot down one's first, second or third opponent, then one begins to find out how the trick is done.
-- Baron Manfred van Richthofen Leading Ace of WW-I, German Air Service 80 Victories
F-16 Hall of Fame
From F-16A to F-16XL/B
One of the original F-16A Full-Scale Development aircraft. The aircraft crash landed on Rogers dry lake bed at Edwards AFB due to a blown nose gear tire on take off during the annual open house air show. The pilot survived unharmed but very shaken. It was shipped to General Dynamics Fort Worth in a C-5 and rebuilt into the first cranked-arrow F-16XL, flying back to Edwards one year later on December 2nd, 1981. It was later converted into a dual-seat F-16XL/B. First flight in its new configuration was on October 29th, 1982.