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The Israeli air force officially retired its F-16A/B "Netz" fleet, concluding the plane's 36 years of operational service with the branch. About 90 Netz (Hawk) aircraft were withdrawn from service during a ceremony at Israel's Ouvda AFB.
Thunderbird crash was caused by a throttle malfunction
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F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Jan 20, 2017
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 104
write-off: 589
preserved: 138
stored: 670
instructional: 101
on order: 42
active: 2932
Changes '16/'17:
Fleet adds: 18
Fleet drop: 35
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Today in F-16 history
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.
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Quote of the Day
The only thing worse than a captain who never flew as copilot is a copilot who once was a captain.
-- Unknown
F-16 Hall of Fame
MiG-25 Killer
USAF #90778
F-16D Block 42
The only F-16 to shoot down a MiG-25. The MiG-25 kill marking was placed on the left side just below the canopy frame to mark that kill of December 27, 1992. At the time of the kill the aircraft was part of the 19th FS but on loan to the 33rd FS. Gary North, the commander of the 33rd FS and the pilot on that day had the authority to have the aircraft transfered to the 33rd FS after returning from the deployment. Crew Chief Roy Murray launched the aircraft that day: "On 27 Dec 1992 I launched "Benji 41" for a combat mission from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The only reason for it flying the combat mission (4 Hours) that day was to take flying hours off it so it could go in for a phase inspection. Most of its flight time during Operation Southern Watch was (FAM) rides for in coming pilots and VIP's, being the only D model. The canopy was so bad that Lt. Col North (at that time) stated "it was like landing with a paper bag on your head. HA! The family bus still got the job done that day. I also remember a reporter asking Lt. Col North why he did not use the cheaper missile, his come back was great; he stated if you were in a fight and had a knife and a gun, which one would you use. We painted the star and a blue tail on it while it was in phase, because it was on loan from the 19th FS at the time, then it became a 33rd FS aircraft. I stayed as the Crew Chief of 778 when we returned to Shaw, AFB and then transferred out with it to Luke AFB, AZ. I took my retirement flight in 90-0778 and launched Gen. North one more time when he came through Luke. I do miss those days!
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Stinkfinger"

Guy broke his hand during a training exercise (Boxer's Fracture). We were in long sleave uniforms, conducting classroom training for 3 months, in southern california. The clasrooms had no air conditioners and it got upto 112 degrees somedays. His doctor wouldn't replace the cast even though he was sweating into it. he wore it for 10 weeks. By week 2 it smelled horrible, by week 9, rotting flesh.
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Latest Viper Drivers to reach 1K - 6K flying hours:
6,000 Hours 6,000 Hrs

  Lt.Col. Mike "Brillo" Brill

| 466 FS | 421 FS  
5,000 Hours 5,000 Hrs

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

| 162 FW | 148 FS | 1 sqn  
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs

  Lt.Col. David "Grits" Gritsavage

| 134 FS | 134 FS  
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs

  Lt.Col. James W. "J.P." Penland (Ret.)

| 1 TFS | 1 TFS | F-4  
2,000 Hours 2,000 Hrs
1,000 Hours 1,000 Hrs
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 SrA. Craig Foster

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428 FS | 429 TFS

 SSgt. Jon Paone

 (added: 13 Jan 2017)
177 FW

 SSgt. Jen Campbell

 (added: 11 Aug 2010)
422 TES | 149 FS | 149 FS | 149 FS | 121 FS

 MSgt. Retired Todd Roberts

 (added: 7 Mar 2012)
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