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Greece to upgrade 85 F-16s to Block 70/72 Viper configuration
Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F-16s to the Block 70/72 Viper configuration on Monday.
Meet Air Force Reserve’s first female F-35 pilot
Hill Air Force Base, Utah - Before she climbed into the world’s most advanced fighter jet to become the Air Force Reserve’s first female F-35 pilot, Col. Gina "Torch" Sabric had already flown 10 airframes and racked up 22 years of flying experience.
175th EFS brings U.S. Airpower to Bagram
U.S. Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 175th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) deployed to Bagram Airfield in support of combat operations, July 27.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Sep 18, 2018
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 105
write-off: 601
preserved: 146
stored: 666
instructional: 105
on order: 0
active: 2952
Changes '17/'18:
Fleet adds: 7
Fleet drop: 29
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Today in F-16 history
18 Sep 2007
First USAF F-16C (#84-1260) arrives at AMARC for storage under designation AAFG0556.
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18 Sep 1995
First flight of a 522nd Fighter Squadron F-16 while converting from the F-111F which were retired to AMARC.
18 Sep 1994
Turkey orders 40 F-16s (Peace Onyx III).
Quote of the Day
For a plane to fly well, it must be beautiful...
-- Marcel Dassault
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Twice as Nice
USAF #79377
F-16A Block 10
This USAF F-16 crashed twice, but was repaired both times - hence it got named 'Twice as Nice'. It was later sold to Israel. The first crash was in 1984 - sometimes when aircraft systems designers integrate various components into an airframe, they forget to examine what happens if a component should fail. Such was the case in the original F-16 design. An electrical connector (cannon plug) came loose and unfortunately the wiring for critical components like brakes and arrestor hook all went through the same connector. The pilot attempted to land the aircraft and engage the arrestor wires. Both wires were missed and the aircraft went off the end of the runway. The pilot stayed with the aircraft and the rescue crews had to cut through the canopy to reach hime - the hole in the canopy can be seen in the photo. After this accident they changed the electrical schematic and wiring harness so that those features went through different connectors now. The second crash occurred a few years later. Cause of mishap was a stuck throttle cable at 70% power. The incident happened at MacDill and the pilot landed the aircraft then ejected when he couldn't stop it. It then went off the end of the runway.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Doghouse"

A USN LCDR was at a party featuring an admiral. When the admiral asked LCDR about his arm candy, he said "This is my better half, for now!" His callsign is indicative of his new living arrangements.
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Latest Viper Drivers to reach 1K - 6K flying hours:
6,000 Hours 6,000 Hrs
2008-05-02

  Lt.Col. Mike "Brillo" Brill

| 466 FS | 421 FS  
5,000 Hours 5,000 Hrs
2014-01-04

  Lt.Col. Robert "T. Rex" Carpenter , Jr

| 162 FW | 148 FS | 1 sqn  
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs
2018-08-14

  Lt.Col. Maurice "Skunk" Schonk

| 323 sqn | 323 sqn | 323 sqn  
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs
2018-06-08

  Lt.Col. Grant "Goo" Gooch

124 FS | 124 FS | 182 FS  
2,000 Hours 2,000 Hrs
2018-04-25
1,000 Hours 1,000 Hrs
2018-06-27
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 TSgt. Tom Dummermuth

 (added: 29 Dec 2006)
175 FS | 195 FS | 152 FS | 152 FS | 152 FS | 175 FS | 175 FS | 175 FS

 TSgt. Robbie Echols

 (added: 29 May 2018)
39 FLTS | 35 FS | 35 FS | 39 FLTS

 MSgt. Edward Pacificar

 (added: 27 Sep 2009)
| 35 FS | 512 FS | 512 FS | 307 FS | 308 FS | F-117 | 18 AGRS

 SMSgt. Jerry Shank

 (added: 5 Jul 2018)
311 FS | 308 FS | 526 FS | 80 FS | 26 AS | 310 FS

 SSgt. Brenda Birrenbach

 (added: 16 Jul 2018)
388 FW
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389 FS "Thunderbolts" (USAF ACC)