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Poland receives final three F16's

December 16, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - Poland received the final three F-16's (#4040, #4074 & #4075) on December 11th, from the forty eight it purchased under the Peace Sky agreement signed in April 2003.

PolAF F-16C block 52 #4040 is landing at NAS Fort Worth on March 14th, 2006 concluding what is believed to be its first flight. [Photo by Keith Robinson]

The Polish Air Force operates 36 F-16C block 52+ and 12 dual seat F-16D Block 52+ aircraft. The 3 jets will be accepted at Poznań-Krzesiny airbase and will be assigned to 10 ELT.

Poland's Minister of National Defence, Bogdan Klich, accompanied by civilian and military authorities visited the base the next day.

At a press conference that followed Klich explained the readiness of the Poland's Armed Forces and wanted to quash false rumours about the capabilities of the countries "Hawks" as F-16's are called in Poland. Klich confirmed that Polish air base in Krzesiny has 32 hangars and 75% of the aircraft were airworthy.

Pilot training was also being implemented according to schedule, Klich said. It is planned that in September 2009 there will be 46 jet fighter pilots and the number is scheduled to rise to 1.5 pilot per aircraft in 2012.

Klich said as well that he would like Polish Air Forces to purchase fighter-training aircraft by 2013.

Additional images:

PolAF F-16D block 52 #4082 from 6 elt seen taxiing at Poznan-Krzesiny AB on November 28th, 2007. [Polish MND photo]