F-16 Fighting Falcon News

First Polish pilot qualified on the F-16

November 15, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Colonel Rościsław Stepaniuk is the first Polish pilot trained to fly the F16C Block 52M+. Colonel Stepaniuk completed his seven months' training in Tucson, Arizona.

The first artist impression of the Polish F-16. [LMTAS photo]

He is the first of thirteen Polish pilots currently in the US and one of 48 who will undergo the training within the next three years; one for each F-16 plane bought by Poland.

The cost of training one pilot, including 62 flights, is estimated at 1 million US dollars.