First Danish F-35 handed over.
Today the first Danish F-35 (#L-001) was handed over to the Danish Flyvevåbnet in a ceremony at Lockheed. This markss the formal start of the Danish F-35 program albeit the jet was already flying in January conducting numerous rigorous tests at NAS Fort Worth.
Romania's last F-16 delivered
Today the last Romanian F-16 under the Peace Carpathian II program was delivered. F-16A #1615 left Monte Real AB in the early morning to make a stop-over at Aviano AB for its final destination at Feteşti AB.
The F-16 design enters critical design review phase, from 22th to 24th of April.
Quote of the Day
I used to dream about being an astronaut. I just never had the grades. Or the physical endurance. Plus I threw up a lot and nobody liked spending a week with me.
-- Philip J. Fry, 'Futurama' TV show
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.
While still flying RF-104G Starfighters in the early 80s I hit à bird which caused substantial damage and fuel loss. Eventuallly took the cable on à German airfield but the jet had caught fire because of the bird. Ground egressed with the loss of the jet. Hence Birdie