Polish F-16s arrived!

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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 15:12

First landed on 3.03p.m. second landed on 3.04p.m. :salute: I'm the happiest man in the world :D :D :D

It was something BEAUTIFUL, I'm waiting for tomorrow :twisted:

Huh... what a day :!:
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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 16:24

Not a great first impression to say the least...

F-16's newly acquired by Poland forced to make emergency landing in Iceland

Warsaw - November 08
Interfax Central Europe


Two F-16 fighters brought from the US by Poland had to make emergency landings in Iceland, reportedly due to technical problems, the Rzeczpospolita wrote Wednesday.

"The American company is obliged to deliver the planes and this will happen," Defense Ministry spokesman Piotr Paszkowski told Rzeczpospolita, adding that the two machines which landed in Iceland Tuesday will probably fly to Poland as early as Wednesday.

The other two fighters of the four landed in Germany, and they will fly to Poland on Thursday for the welcoming ceremony at the Krzesiny airport in Poznan.

This is the latest hiccup, following a previous failed delivery that saw the fighters to return to the United States due to an emergency, the first time that they were sent to Poland.

The F-16s were purchased from the Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC) with a 10-year contract signed for an offset value of USD 6.028 bln, according to the Polish Defense Ministry website. Poland is due to receive 45 fighters in total.
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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 16:45

Two (of a flight of four) went into RAF Leuchars today for fuel and departed after a couple of hours. Heading east, I presume the aircraft will be in Poland very soon, if not already. As with many delivery flights, roundels were taped over and on the right hand side of the jets a large black USAF roundel was applied. The weather wasn't the best I've seen recently, by a brief period of sunshine appeared just as they were about to taxi!


Both Polish F-16C block 52 #4043 & #4044 just after they shut down for a fuel stop at RAF Leuchars in Scotland on November 8th, 2006. [Photo by Berry Vissers]


PolAF F-16C block 52 #4043 is seen taxiing to the end of the runway at RAF Leuchars after a brief layover on November 8th, 2006. [Photo by Berry Vissers]


PolAF F-16C block 52 #4043 is seen taxiing to the end of the runway at RAF Leuchars after a brief layover on November 8th, 2006. [Photo by Berry Vissers]


PolAF F-16C block 52 #4043 is leaving RAF Leuchars on its way to Poland on November 8th, 2006. [Photo by Berry Vissers]


PolAF F-16C block 52 #4044 is leaving RAF Leuchars on its way to Poland on November 8th, 2006. [Photo by Berry Vissers]



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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 17:26

Pictures from a few minutes after landing in Krzesiny AFB, Poland

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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 17:42

Hello Berry, any chance you can upload some of these pictures to our photo gallery. It would be much appreciated
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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 22:44

Asif,

Of course, no problem!

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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 23:13

Don't know why but I'm definitely likin' the color and camo scheme! :thumb: :salute:
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Unread post08 Nov 2006, 23:26

idesof wrote:Not a great first impression to say the least...

F-16's newly acquired by Poland forced to make emergency landing in Iceland


Same happened with the delivery of the first Italians F-16s. The engine of one of the F-16s went into a backup control mode, which is an automatic feature if the primary fails. When that happens the pilot is required to land the plane as soon as practical.

See the F-16.net news article "<a href="news_article688.html">Italian F-16 makes emergency landing in Canada</a>".
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 02:16

Houston wrote:
shuck wrote:Are the new aircraft going to be named Goshawk in Poland?


It`s very likely but we will know tomorrow for sure.

100% it will be named "Jastrząb" (Hawk) just like our pre-World War 2, PZL.50 fighter aircraft project. Our minister of defense Radosław Sikorski gave it up during interview for the press today at 1700h local time.

The whole thing is pretty weird, because we never before gave our own name to any type of military equipment... it suddenly start few years ago with adopting HMMWVs and Patria 8x8 AMV, first was named "Tumak" (Pine Marten) and second - "Rosomak"(Wolverine).
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 12:29

The hand over ceremony begins!

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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 15:33

Polish Goshawks


PolAF F-16C block 52 #4042 & F-16D block 52 #4077 perform a fly past at Krzesiny AFB on November 9th, 2006. [Photo by Krzysztof Puziak]


Another four F-16’s are expected to arrive in Poland by the end of the year. By 2008 Poland is expected to receive forty more jet fighters.
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 17:34

Houston wrote:
shuck wrote:Are the new aircraft going to be named Goshawk in Poland?


It's very likely but we will know tomorrow for sure.


Today, during the official ceremony Polish President Lech Kaczynski and the First Lady christened the jets with the name "Jastrzab", meaning Goshawk (from the Old English góshafuc - 'goose-hawk').
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 19:07

Ekhm, guys, "Goshawk" in Polish means, "Jastrząb gołębiarz". The F-16s were named "Jastrząb" - meaning "Hawk", short, and simple ;)
Where did you get that goshawk nonsense ?
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 20:22

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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 21:06

Sundowner wrote:Where did you get that goshawk [...]?


From http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jastrz&#261;b

Jastrząb (jastrząb gołębiarz) (Accipiter gentilis)


Also see http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/goshawk for a full list of translations

The nickname Hawk (or 'Netz') is used by the Israeli Air Force for its F-16A/B aircraft. For those interested, we also have the article: <a href="f-16_versions_article27.html">F-16 Fighting Falcon, F16, or Viper?</a> on designations, names, and nicknames of the F-16.
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