F-16 Fighting Falcon News

20 F-16s due at Kunsan this week in aircraft swap

January 17, 2008 (by Stars and Stripes) - Kunsan Air Base officials are expecting about 20 F-16s to arrive this week as part of an aircraft swap with Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, according to a press release.

Lt. Col. Shane Riza is greeted by Lt. Col. Thomas Klopotek at Kunsan AB on October 2nd, 2007 after flying a new block 40 F-16 to Kunsan from Eielson AFB.

Under the Common Configuration Implementation Program (CCIP), Kunsan is receiving upgraded block 40 F-16s that will "increase our combat capability and readiness," according to the release.

In return, Kunsan will send its older block 30 F-16s to Alaska, where they will be used to portray "aggressor aircraft" for combat training.

"This aircraft swapout brings Kunsan’s fleet up to date with the latest F-16 upgrades and allows Eielson to quickly transition to their new aggressor mission," according to the release.

The planes are to arrive between Wednesday and Friday.


Published on January 17th, 2008 in the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes.
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