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Lockheed Martin delivers 4,500th F-16

April 3, 2012 (by Laura Siebert) - Lockheed Martin commemorated the 4,500th F-16 Fighting Falcon delivery on April 3rd with a ceremony for employees, customers, former executives and elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Kay Granger and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

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RMAF F-16C block 52 #08-8016 became Lockheed Martin's 4,500th F-16 delivery from its Fort Worth plant, Texas on April 3rd, 2012. [Lockheed Martin photo]

The F-16 is recognized as the world's most successful modern-day fighter. Since the F-16's first production orders in 1975, it has been produced in partnership with five countries and has been selected as the front-line fighter for 26 nations. The 4,500th F-16 #08-8016 is an advanced block 52 aircraft destined for Morocco.

"The F-16 is the world standard for evolutionary fighters today, and it will continue to secure the freedom of the United States and its allies in peace and combat for decades to come. This milestone demonstrates that Lockheed Martin has the finest aerospace workforce, and it is our privilege to serve air forces worldwide," said Larry Lawson, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics business area.

The F-16 program has been characterized by unprecedented international cooperation among governments, air forces and aerospace industries. The current F-16 backlog includes aircraft production for Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Oman and Iraq. Lockheed Martin commemorated the 4,500th F-16 Fighting Falcon delivery on April 3rd with a ceremony for employees, customers, former executives and elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Kay Granger and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.


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RMAF F-16C block 52 #08-8016 became Lockheed Martin's 4,500th F-16 delivery from its Fort Worth plant, Texas on April 3rd, 2012. [Lockheed Martin photo by Angel DelCueto]

RMAF F-16C block 52 #08-8016, the last of twenty-four block 52 fighters for the Royal Moroccan Air Force, comes in for landing after its first flight on March 15th, 2012 from NAS Fort Worth. [Photo by Carl Richards]