On October 14th, 1997 Lt. Col. Scott Curtis, flying safety officer at Hill AFB, pushed the throttles forward and released the brakes on his F-16 aircraft. Within a matter of seconds the aircraft accelerated to 140 knots and the first Jordanian F-16 was airborne. The official roll-out of the Peace Falcon was on October 28th, 1997 at Hill AFB.
Trivia about #80-0547. It took more than 13,000 man-hours to get this first Jordanian F-16 ready for its first flight. The 80-0547 had not flown anymore since November of 1998. Its last flight was from the air National Guard Station in Garden City, N.J. to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, Davis-Monthan, Arizona.
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