F-16, F-22 and F-35 News
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.
Two Belgian F-16s intercept Russian bombers over North Sea
Two Belgian F-16s took off on Monday morning from Florennes Air Base to intercept Russian bombers approaching the Dutch airspace over the North Sea. The Russian aircraft were approaching Dutch airspace.
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.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - May 15, 2021
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 155
write-off: 617
preserved: 155
stored: 575
instructional: 109
on order: 129
active: 2938
Changes '20/'21:
Fleet adds: 129
Fleet drop: 35
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Today in F-16 history
15 May 1983
Official end of comparative fly-off between F-16XL and F-15 in dual-role fighter program. The F-16XL is not destined for production, instead the F-15E is selected.
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Quote of the Day
Firewall: (1) The part of the airplane specially designed to allow all heat and exhaust to enter the cockpit. (2) The act of pulling 69 inches of manifold pressure, out of an engine designed to pull 60.
-- Bob Stevens, 'There I Was'
F-16 Hall of Fame
War Bird
USAF #81679
F-16A Block 15
The only F-16 from the Thunderbirds ever to be made combat ready. The Tbirds are required to be able to make their F-16s combat ready within 72 hours. In 1988, this was put to the test. The ground crew pulled it off with time to spare, except for the paint scheme. The jet flew a combat training sortie and afterwards received the nickname 'War Bird'.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Wiki"

Shortening of Wikipedia. Name given by my buddies in tech training because I had a mind like a steel trap and knew way too many random facts that I used to fill time.
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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
2021-04-20
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs
2019-01-16

  Col. Bradley "Divot" Jackson

| 179 FS | 179 FS  
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs
2020-11-24

  Maj. Sean "Double" Rassas

| 69 FS | 944 FW  
2,000 Hours 2,000 Hrs
2020-02-27
1,000 Hours 1,000 Hrs
2019-10-25
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 MSgt. Thomas Grimestad

 (added: 25 Apr 2021)
178 FW | 178 FS

 SSgt. Benjamin Hess

 (added: 31 Mar 2021)
309 FS

 SSgt. Jacob Densten

 (added: 20 Feb 2021)
79 FS

 Sgt. Fu Bo Ting

 (added: 14 Feb 2021)
27 TFG | 27 TFG

 SSgt. Stephen Slayton

 (added: 13 Dec 2019)
16 WPS | 16 WPS | 16 WPS | 8 FW
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138 FS "Cobras" (USAF ANG)