F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Portuguese F-16 overshoots Florennes runway

December 6, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - During the Tactical Leadership Program at Florennes AB yesterday a PoAF F-16 slid off the runway. The pilot safely ejected and walked away without injuries.

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#15133, Portugals first F-16AM, safely sitting on the tarmac here.

The jet itself (#15133), Portugals first F-16AM, got stuck in the mud and suffered only minor damage according to Lt. Col. Peter Lepez.

Research will need to point out the cause of the mishap.

The Tactical Leadership Program (TLP) is an organization formed under a Memorandum of Understanding between 8 NATO nations. The objective of the TLP is to increase the effectiveness of allied tactical air forces through the development of leadership skills, tactical flying capabilities, mission planning and tasking capabilities, and conceptual and doctrinal initiatives.




Additional images:

PoAF F-16AM #15133 from Esq 301 seen taking off from Los Llanos AB, Albacete during the NATO Tiger Meet adorned with the 2006 paint scheme on September 28th, 2006. [Photo by Karl Drage]

PoAF F-16AM #15133 from Esq 301 is taxiing by the camera after a COMAO from Ørland AB during Arctic Tiger 2007 on September 28th, 2007. [Photo by Michael Hall]

PoAF F-16AM #15133 taking off from Monte Real AB. This F-16 is the first MLU for Portugal. [Photo by Jorge Ruivo]