F-16, F-22 and F-35 News
Israel Aerospace Industries to resume production of F-16 wings
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will resume the production of F-16 wings for Lockheed Martin, using the assembly line established in the 1980s, following rising demand for the jets.
20 year old NF-16D VISTA redesignated an ‘X’ Plane to test Skyborg
The USAF is currently upgrading a modified version of its F-16 fighters, the NF-16D VISTA, to support autonomy testing for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Skyborg program. The Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) redesignated the NF-16D Variable In-flight Simulator Aircraft in June as the X-62A.
First to Fly 2,000 Hours in F-22 Raptor
Lt. Col. Ryan Pelkola, 302d Fighter Squadron director of operations, became the first pilot to reach the 2,000 flight hour achievement in the F-22 Raptor, August 7, 2021.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Sep 26, 2021
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 156
write-off: 617
preserved: 155
stored: 571
instructional: 109
on order: 129
active: 2936
Changes '20/'21:
Fleet adds: 129
Fleet drop: 40
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26 Sep 1986
IDFAF accepts first F-16 from Peace Marbel II order.
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Quote of the Day
Shoot 'em down; sort 'em out on the ground.
-- Air defense motto
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F-16I Sufa / Storm
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F-16D Block 52
The first new F-16I 'Sufa' (Storm) for the Israeli Air Force. The F-16I features a dorsal spine, CFTs, and distributed RWR's, along with improved avionics. This aircraft is armed with AMRAAM's, Python 4, and LGB's - the gun is covered with a panel. It's also equipped with two 600gal drop tanks and LANTIRN pods.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Lightening"

WSOs briefed the weather during flight brief. Listed on sign out board occasionally next to weather was "Lightening FL 200". So this new WSO briefed that lightening was at FL 200. Ok, that was part of the WSO briefings, too. But then he asked me after the brief how the weather man knew there was going to be lightening at only that altitude. I told him that was the name of the tanker refueling track in use and the altitude being used.
Sierra Hotel
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
2021-09-23
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
2020-10-07
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Crew Chief Profiles

 SSgt. Jacob Densten

 (added: 20 Feb 2021)
79 FS

 SSgt. Roque Notter

 (added: 10 Jun 2008)
524 FS | 524 FS | 522 FS | 421 FS | 421 FS

 MSgt. Thomas Grimestad

 (added: 25 Apr 2021)
178 FW | 178 FS

 SSgt. Benjamin Hess

 (added: 31 Mar 2021)
309 FS

 Sgt. Fu Bo Ting

 (added: 14 Feb 2021)
27 TFG | 27 TFG
F-16 Unit
308 FS "Emerald Knights" (USAF AETC)