F-16, F-22 and F-35 News
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.
Canada finalizes deal to acquire 88 F-35s
Canada announced the finalization of a $14.2 billion deal with the United States (US) government and Lockheed Martin with Pratt & Whitney for the acquisition of F-35 fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The first planes are expected to enter the RCAF in 2026 with the full fleet being operational by 2033 or 2034.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Feb 4, 2023
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 203
write-off: 619
preserved: 156
stored: 582
instructional: 118
on order: 136
active: 2812
Changes '22/'23:
Fleet adds: 1
Fleet drop: 80
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Today in F-16 history
4 Feb 1993
Secretary of Defense Aspin makes decision to include funding for 24 USAF F-16s in fiscal year 1994 defense budget. Longlead money for 24 aircraft in 1995 is included in budget.
Quote of the Day
Suddenly you go into a steep turn. Your Mach drops off. The MiG turns with you, and you let him gradually creep up and outturn you. At the critical moment you reverse your turn. The hydraulic controls [F-86] work beautifully. Te MiG [-15] cannot turn as readily as you and is slung out to the side. When you pop your speed brakes, the MiG flashes by you. Quickly closing the brakes, you slide onto his tail and hammer him with your 50's
-- Colonel Harrison R. Harry Thyng, USAF
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Twin Canards
USAF #01567
The first YF-16 (#72-1567) was rebuilt in December of 1975 to become the USAF Flight Dynamics Laboratory's Control Configured Vehicle (CCV). CCV aircraft have independent or 'decoupled' flight control surfaces, which make it possible to maneuver in one plane without movement in another - for example, turning without having to bank. To achieve this, the aircraft's flight controls were modified and it was fitted with twin vertical canards underneath the air intake. First flight in the CCV role was on March 16th, 1976 and the tests lasted till July 31st, 1977. On June 24th, 1976 was damaged when the engine failed during a landing cycle. It was repaired but broken again in a hard landing in July of 1977. This cut the CCV tests short.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Mr. P"

Well endowed... Also fit with his last name, Portman.
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Latest Viper Drivers to reach 1K - 6K flying hours:
6,000 Hours 6,000 Hrs

  Lt.Col. Mike "Brillo" Brill

| 466 FS | 421 FS  
5,000 Hours 5,000 Hrs

  Lt.Col. David "Grits" Gritsavage

| 134 FS | 134 FS | 125 FS  
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs

  Wg.Cmd. Umer "Archer" Rasheed

11 sqn | 11 sqn  
2,000 Hours 2,000 Hrs
1,000 Hours 1,000 Hrs
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Crew Chief Profiles

 SrA. Dalton Locklear

 (added: 1 Feb 2023)
80 FS | 57 FW | 36 FS

 MSgt. David Gentile

 (added: 31 Jan 2023)
22 FS | 34 FS | 112 FS | 112 FS

 SSgt. Nicolas Smith

 (added: 16 Mar 2018)
555 FS | 309 FS | 309 FS

 SSgt. Dean Collins

 (added: 11 Oct 2010)
33 FS

 SrA. Michelle Venable

 (added: 12 Jan 2023)
8 FS | 57 FW | 57 FW
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194 FS "Griffins" (USAF ANG)