October 19, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Five more block 50 F-16s arrived at Thumrait AB, Oman, where they will undergo acceptance inspections over the next few weeks. This brings the total number of F-16s recieved so far by the Royal Air Force of Oman to 11.
RAFO F-16C block 50 #818 being flight tested at NAS Fort Worth on June 16th, 2006. [Photo by Keith Robinson
In May 2002, the Sultanate of Oman
signed an agreement with the U.S. government to purchase 12 Advanced block 50
F-16s in the Peace A'sama A'safiya (Clear Skies) Foreign Military Sales (FMS
) program. The agreement includes eight single-seat F-16Cs and four two-seat F-16Ds, powered by the General Electric F110-GE
The first Oman F-16 was a two-seat F-16D model and was accepted by the U.S. government (as agent for Oman in the FMS process) on July 19 2005, one month ahead of the original schedule. The first single-seat F-16C version flew August 2005 and was accepted in September. Those two aircraft were ferried to Oman in mid-October to support the 35th National Day celebrations on Nov. 18.
The remainder of the aircraft will be ferried to Oman during 2006.