F-16 Fighting Falcon News

First Belgian F-16s to be delivered to Jordan

September 5, 2008 (by Bjorn Claes) - The first four of a total batch of sixteen F-16 fighters are to be delivered to Jordan next Wednesday leaving from Kleine Brogel airbase in the early morning.

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RJAF F-16BM #139 is taxiing by the camera at Kleine Brogel AB on September 10th, 2008 while leaving for their home country. This aircraft is ex-BAF #FB-08. [Photo by Dirk A. Geerts]

Next Wednesday, September 10th, the first four of a total of sixteen F-16 fighters will be transfered to the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The deal was signed in April of 2006 and originally compromised 14 F-16s from Belgium and 8 F-16s from the Netherlands. It now seems that another two B-models are transfered from the Belgian inventory.

Jordanian pilots and ground crew have been training with the Belgian Air Force F-16 OCU unit for some time now. All 10 pilots have been retrained and are ready to make the first transfer flights to Moualak Salti AFB, about 90 miles east of the capital Amman.




Additional images:

RJAF F-16AM #140 is taxiing by the camera at Kleine Brogel AB on September 10th, 2008 while leaving for their home country. This aircraft is ex-BAF #FA-58. [Photo by Dirk A. Geerts]

RJAF F-16AM #142 is taxiing by the camera at Kleine Brogel AB on September 10th, 2008 while leaving for their home country. This aircraft is ex-BAF #FA-61. [Photo by Dirk A. Geerts]

RJAF F-16AM #145 is parked on the tarmac at Kleine Brogel AB on September 10th, 2008. This was the fifth F-16 which acted as a spare. The aircraft is ex-BAF #FA-73. [Photo by Janssens Ronny]