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Oman takes delivery of first F-16 block 50s

July 22, 2014 (by Jon Somerville) - Four F-16 block 50s departed Fort Worth, Texas to begin the first long leg of the trip to the Middle East.

RAFO F-16C block 50 #832 takes off from NAS Fort Worth on July 22nd, 2014 as part of a four-ship ferry to Oman. The aircraft represent the first of twelve aircraft of the second order of F-16s for the Royal Air Force of Oman. [Photo by Carl Richards]

Total for this order is 12 aircraft with this being the second batch of F-16s ordered for Oman. Originally the 23rd F-16 customer world-wide and the 5th Arab F-16 customer. First batch of F-16s were also block 50s under the Peace A'sama A'safiya (Clear Skies) program. First delivery was in August 2005.

On August 3rd, 2010 a new order for another 18 F-16s was placed, but ultimately became an order for another 12 aircraft under program Peace A'sama A'safiya II. This program is worth roughly $600 million and will be complete by 2016.

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