December 24, 2003 (by Adi Vaknin) - Yesterday, the first of 102 F-16I's ordered by Israel flew for the first time at Forth-Worth, Texas. The flight took 55 minutes, during which the basic operations of the plane were checked, including the flight control system and the rest of the avionics.
A month and a half ago there was the roll-out ceremony of the F-16I at Forth-Worth. In the next few months the first four planes are expected to touch down in Israel
, and by 2008 the IAF is expected to have recieved all of the 102 F-16I's.
See also the forum topic: F-16I Revealed!