The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress May 17 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands for the continuation of a CONUS based RNLAF F-16 FTU and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $191 million.
The initial cadre of F-35A Lightning II instructor pilots qualified in aerial refueling last week, adding another capability for student pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing's F-35 Integrated Training Center.
A total force team comprised of F-22 Raptors, active duty and Hawaii Air National Guard personnel successfully completed the Hawaiian Raptors first over-water deployment when they returned from Red Flag 13-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, February 2.
Go in close, and then when you think you are too close, go on in closer.
-- Major Thomas B. Tommy McGuire, USAAF Second Leading A.S . Ace, WW-II 38 Victories
Today in history
26 May 1995
Arrival of first F-16 at Edwards AFB to participate in Mid-Life Update (MLU) flight test program.
RTAF F-16B block 15 #40301 from 403 sqn is being readied for another sortie during exercise Pitch Black 08.
F-16 Hall of Fame
In 1982 the 6th Full-Scale Development (FSD) aircraft was modified as Advanced Fighter Technology Integration (AFTI) testbed, which included the canards from the YF-16 CCV and a dorsal spine. The dorsal spine would eventually make it to some production model F-16s. First program was the Digital Flight Control System (DFCS) in which a total of 108 flights were executed untill July of 1983.