The Turkish Air Force downed a Syrian Mi-17 "Hip" helicopter today at the border after it violated Turkish airspace, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said. Reports say the helicopter crashed inside Syrian territory.
Belgium starts another rotation of the NATO Baltic air policing mission this week. Yesterday, four F-16 pilots and a team of technicians were flown to Siaulai air base in Lithuania to participate in the mission until January 2014.
The Israeli military says one of their F-16s shot down an unmanned aircraft sent into Israeli airspace by Hezbollah militants. The threat was detected at 6,000 feet over the Mediterranean sea on April 25th and was destroyed shortly after by an air-to-air missile.
On April 5, 2013, Shaw AFB flags were slowly brought to half-staff at noon honoring a fallen 20th Fighter Wing combat Airman.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force scrambled F-16s today to escort two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 'Bear' bombers over the North Sea. The jets were launched from Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) at Leeuwarden AB.
Israel's military police are investigating the theft of F-16 fighter plane engines from an military base in central Israel, with the military suspecting that the thieves had inside help. The F-16C/D 'Barak' jets were undergoing repairs.
The Dutch Defence Ministry sent two F-16 fighters to intercept a Spanish airplane thought to be carrying hostages on board. The plane which took of from Malaga was bound for Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.
The primary role of the 20th Fighter Wing's F-16 Fighting Falcons is the suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses. During Operation Unified Protector (OUP), they supported NATO by protecting assets through finding and eliminating anything that could take out coalition aircraft.
Fire rained down from the sky as the F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 20th Fighter Wing demolished the Libyan air defense systems, protecting NATOs air power and empowering the revolutionaries to topple a corrupt regime.
Jets from the 20th Fighter Wing provided a key role in taking a down corrupt regime during Operation Unified Protector.
On the morning of March 23, 2011, two F-16 pilots assigned to the 480 Fighter Squadron "Warhawks" from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Captain Alex "Tuna" Turner and Captain Owen "Tatu" Birckett, flew what is believe to be the two longest Viper combat missions in history.
An F-16 airstrike has killed the Taliban fighters believed responsible for shooting down a CH-47 helicopter, killing 38 people, NATO-led forces said. They ran but couldn't hide.
Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a 75-year-old pilot today after she entered airspace restricted for President Barack Obama's fundraising trip to Chicago.
Norwegian F-16s that were assigned to operations over Libya returned home to Bodø on Monday, effectively ending Norway's participation in the NATO mission.
The Government of Norway has announced its plans to reduce its fighter contribution and withdrawal from Operation Unified Protector.