May 6, 2014 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Defense contractor Crew Training International Inc. said it has landed a $22 million U.S. Air Force contract for weapons systems support on the F-16 jet fighter.
The millionth F-16 flying training hour at Luke AFB was reached on March 13th, 2013. F-16s first touched down at Luke AFB on December 6th, 1982. To date, Luke has graduated 18,164 F-16 fighter pilots. Approximately 2,000 F-16 hours are flown a month by Luke pilots and students. This photo shows F-16D block 42 #89-2157 from the 309th FS. [USAF photo by A1C. Devante Williams]
Work will include academic instruction, aircrew training devices, courseware development and training support at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. CTI employs 160 people, including 25 in Memphis, Tennessee.
The full Air Force award on the training contract totals $49 million, and partners CTI with Sonoran Technology and Professional Services LLC of Goodyear, Arizona.
A statement released by CTI says both firms will “provide Air Education and Training Command’s F-16 training community a solid grounding of interwoven experience, war fighting expertise in front-line weapon systems, high-caliber instructional quality, and technical specialization to meet the rigorous requirements of the F-16” support contract.
The agreement opens June 1 and includes four one-year options through April 2019.