December 23, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Belgian ministry of defence started the dismantlement of their 31 oldest F-16 Fighting Falcons. Since their retirement from service, these jets have been stored in Weelde, near Antwerp.
Overview of Belgian F-16s being salvaged for parts reclamation at the Rocourt Army facility in January of 2005. [Photo by Tomahawk
The aircraft wil be sold on the replacement parts market.
The oldest jets have been stored in Weelde for over ten years already. They will be transported to an armament depot in Rocourt, where they will be stripped down.
The first of three batchs of F-16s has been transported in November already, the remaining two batches will follow in January and February.