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"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.
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.
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
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From F-16A to F-16XL/B
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
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.
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