The history of the F-16 within the Romanian Air Force started back in late 2016. Up until now (2019) this is the last country to introduce the F-16 in its fleet. Romania was seeking for a Mig-21 replacement for over a decade and finally made an agreement with the Portuguese Air Force to take over 12 of their F-16s. During 2017 the first pilots were introduced to the type and got their IOC meaning the unit could start taking part in NATO air patrolling missions. In 2018 tasks were further expanded to include the full variety of tasks the F-16 can perform.
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is coming in for landing at Aviano AB on December 15th, 2016 en route for delivery to Romania. [Photo by Daniele Faccioli]