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3 Feb 2003 16th Weapons Squadron of the USAF reactivated at Nellis AFB, Nevada retaining the history of the first operational F-16 squadron.
2003 HAF accepts first F-16 from Peace Xenia III order.
Mar 2003 F-16s fly with first production Conformal Fuel Tanks.
20 Mar 2003 Start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in which F-16s participate in air operations against targets in Iraq.
30 Mar 2003 Maj. Edward Linch and Capt. Brian Wolf provide air cover for ground forces during an Operation Iraqi Freedom mission, in a sandstorm at night, earning them the 2003 Semper Viper award. (Read more...)
2003 RJAF accepts first F-16 from Peace Falcon II order.
25 Apr 2003 First flight test of the more powerfull F110-GE-132 turbofan engine for the F-16 block 60 is completed successfully. (Read more...)
2003 RoKAF accepts first F-16 from Peace Bridge III order.
30 May 2003 F-16.net launched in 2003 as the successor of the successful 349 website.
6 Jun 2003 The AFTI/F-16 is used in flight trials demonstrating an Automatic Air Collision Avoidance System (Auto ACAS) (Read more...)
26 Jun 2003 Roll-out of first MLU upgraded Portuguese F-16. (Read more...)
30 Jun 2003 78th Fighter Squadron deactivates at Shaw AFB, South Carolina.
16 Jul 2003 RTAF accepts first F-16 from Peace Naresuan IV order. (Read more...)
17 Jul 2003 AMI accepts first F-16 from Peace Caesar order. (Read more...)
18 Aug 2003 Celebration of the USAF formally accepting the first production F-16, #78-0001, back in 1978. (Read more...)
31 Aug 2003 The 307th FS was re-activated under the AFRC. Based out of Langley AFB and has detachments at: Nellis AFB, Shaw AFB, Eglin AFB and Hill AFB. The unit provides pilots and maintainers for these mentioned bases for the F-15, F-16 (blocks 30 to 50) and A-10.
14 Sep 2003 A USAF Thunderbirds F-16C crashes during an air show at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. The pilot manages to eject safely less than a second before impact. (Read more...)
Sep 2003 LMTAS successfully concludes flight testing of the Sniper XR Advanced Targeting Pod on F-16 block 30 and 50 aircraft. (Read more...)
3 Oct 2003 64th Aggressor Squadron reactivated for the second time with the F-16 at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
14 Nov 2003 LMTAS and the Israeli Air Force unveil the new F-16I Sufa at Fort Worth. (Read more...)
Nov 2003 Norwegian Air Force becomes first international customer for the Pantera tergetting pod, the export version of the Sniper XR pod. (Read more...)
22 Nov 2003 Lockheed Martin holds an informal roll out of the F-16 Block 60.
Dec 2003 Block 60 F-16 makes first successfull flight. (Read more...)