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.
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.
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
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'.