F-16, F-22 and F-35 News
The first F-16 Block 70 takes to the skies
The long-awaited maiden flight of the first F-16 Block 70 took place on January 24th. The flight lasted for about 50 minutes and included airworthiness checks, such as engine, flight control, and fuel system checks, as well as basic aircraft handling.
Eielson begins updates to its F-16 fleet
The 354th Fighter Wing accepted delivery of its first two F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft acquired from Dannelly Field Air National Guard Base, Alabama, on January 12, 2023.
Canada finalizes deal to acquire 88 F-35s
Canada announced the finalization of a $14.2 billion deal with the United States (US) government and Lockheed Martin with Pratt & Whitney for the acquisition of F-35 fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The first planes are expected to enter the RCAF in 2026 with the full fleet being operational by 2033 or 2034.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Feb 5, 2023
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 203
write-off: 619
preserved: 157
stored: 585
instructional: 117
on order: 136
active: 2809
Changes '22/'23:
Fleet adds: 1
Fleet drop: 84
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Today in F-16 history
5 Feb 1988
F-16 Combined Test Force (CTF) completes testing of Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-220E engine.
Quote of the Day
When asked why he was referred to as 'Ace': Because during World War Two I was responsible for the destruction of six aircraft, fortunately three were enemy.
-- Captain Ray Lancaster, USAAF
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The Official 'Fighting Falcon'
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F-16A Block 10
This was the F-16 used during the official naming ceremony which was held on July 21st, 1980. Wore a large colourful emblem just behind the canopy with 'Fighting Falcon' titles. The art work was done by Salt Lake City artists Matt and Mark Waki. The marking was removed in 1982.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "K-9"

Similar to the story behind ‘Alphabet,’ this guy had a difficult name to pronounce that started with a K and was 9 characters long.
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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
2021-09-21

  Lt.Col. David "Grits" Gritsavage

| 134 FS | 134 FS | 125 FS  
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs
2022-07-08
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs
2021-00-00

  Wg.Cmd. Umer "Archer" Rasheed

11 sqn | 11 sqn  
2,000 Hours 2,000 Hrs
2020-02-27
1,000 Hours 1,000 Hrs
2022-01-26
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Crew Chief Profiles

 SrA. Dalton Locklear

 (added: 1 Feb 2023)
80 FS | 57 FW | 36 FS

 MSgt. David Gentile

 (added: 31 Jan 2023)
22 FS | 34 FS | 112 FS | 112 FS

 SSgt. Nicolas Smith

 (added: 16 Mar 2018)
555 FS | 309 FS | 309 FS

 SSgt. Dean Collins

 (added: 11 Oct 2010)
33 FS

 SrA. Michelle Venable

 (added: 12 Jan 2023)
8 FS | 57 FW | 57 FW
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331 skv "Lion" (RNoAF)