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US Air Force successfully flying AI-controlled F-16
An autonomous F-16 completed 17 hours of flight testing in December, including advanced fighter maneuvers and beyond-visual-range engagements. The AI algorithm controlling the jet was developed by DARPA's Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program.
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.
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F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Mar 29, 2023
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 203
write-off: 619
preserved: 158
stored: 584
instructional: 117
on order: 136
active: 2809
Changes '22/'23:
Fleet adds: 1
Fleet drop: 85
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Today in F-16 history
29 Mar 2004
Belgian AF F-16s provide air defense in Lithuania, as part of NATO's commitment to defend its new (former WarPac) members.
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There's no kill like a guns kill.
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F-16C Block 40
Probably an SA-8 exploded near the left external tank area. Fragments from the SAM hit the lower left side of the intake, including right through the intake. The left wing had a 2x3 inch hole and the main wing root had damage underneith. Stabilizers were peppered as well as the exhaust tail feathers. Part of the radome was also sheared off, but that damage was done during the crash landing at Rafha, Saudi Arabia when the nose gear would not extend. Major Ed 'Spot' Schumacher was a pilot who was visiting from the Fighter Weapons School and had deployed to Desert Storm with the 4th TFS. The aircraft returned to Hill AFB in a crate from Dahrain AB.
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Callsign "Ursula"

Blond female, used to be a cop, knows how to use her handcuffs for multiple reasons... so we named her after Ursula from Super Troopers
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Latest Viper Drivers to reach 1K - 6K flying hours:
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Lt.Col. Mike " Brillo" Brill
| 466 FS | 421 FS  
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| 134 FS | 134 FS | 125 FS  
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40 FLTS | 35 FS | 524 FS | 308 FS
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389 FS | 389 FS | B-2 | KC-135 | KC-135 | KC-135 | 51 FW
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F-4 | F-104 | 161 Filo | 141 Filo | 312 sqn | 4 AJÜ
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