F-16, F-22 and F-35 News
"Capital Guardians" bring excellence to AFCENT skies
Over the past week, aircraft and Airmen assigned to the District of Columbia Air National Guard's 113th Wing arrived at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to join the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing as it provides combat power projection across the region in defense of U.S. forces.
Belgian F-16 collides with building at Dutch airbase
A Belgian F-16AM collided with a building at a Dutch airbase this morning as it prepared to take off, injuring two people.
Another civilian operator of used F-16s
Draken International will be the next civilian operator of used F-16s after Top Aces. The Dutch MoD has sold 12 of it's F-16s for delivery after their retirement in the course of 2022.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Jul 31, 2021
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 156
write-off: 618
preserved: 155
stored: 570
instructional: 109
on order: 129
active: 2938
Changes '20/'21:
Fleet adds: 129
Fleet drop: 38
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Today in F-16 history
31 Jul 1984
AFTI/F-16 begins second phase of testing with new avionics and other systems.
Quote of the Day
When one is taken at his advantage and one has to fight, one always has... to fight him like anything, for, as far as fighting the [Germans] in the air is concerned, nothing succeeds like boldness, and the [enemy] is usually taken aback when boldness is displayed.
-- Major James T.B. McCudden, RAF
57 Victories, WW-I
F-16 Hall of Fame
From F-16A to F-16XL/B
USAF #75747
One of the original F-16A Full-Scale Development aircraft. The aircraft crash landed on Rogers dry lake bed at Edwards AFB due to a blown nose gear tire on take off during the annual open house air show. The pilot survived unharmed but very shaken. It was shipped to General Dynamics Fort Worth in a C-5 and rebuilt into the first cranked-arrow F-16XL, flying back to Edwards one year later on December 2nd, 1981. It was later converted into a dual-seat F-16XL/B. First flight in its new configuration was on October 29th, 1982.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Torch"

Leading a 4 ship on a low level to the bombing range in Spain, Hit a 29 lb vulture at 510 kts groundspeed. Aircraft blew up and the stab went full deflection down (which gave me a 12 G pitchup) #2 called for me to eject, call was blocked by #4 calling a "knock it off". When someone asked why he made that call he stated "I thought someone lit a blowtorch in front of my canopy". Blowtorch was shortened to "Torch" at a crud game at the Nellis O'Club during Green Flag.
Sierra Hotel
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
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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 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

 SSgt. Jacob Densten

 (added: 20 Feb 2021)
79 FS

 Sgt. Fu Bo Ting

 (added: 14 Feb 2021)
27 TFG | 27 TFG
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159 RS "Phoenix" (RoKAF)