, the youngest F-16 operator, is the only country which hasn't suffered any attrition.
Two factors determine the number of aircraft lost in operational service. First, the size of the fleet: the more aircraft an air force operates, the more aircraft can be expected statistically to be lost to attrition. Second, the longer a particular aircraft type has been in active service with a particular air force, the longer F-16 losses can accumulate and the higher the absoute number of F-16 losses will be. These two factors will be clarified in the next graphs. This analysis purely focuses on the absolute number of F-16 losses for each air force.
As the largest F-16 operator by far, the United States Air Force also lost the largest number of aircraft - 321 F-16s at the time of writing. Not only does he US Air Force
have the largest active fleet (50% of all F-16s are operated by the USAF), it was also he first air force to start F-16 operations in 1979.
Next come the other long-term F-16 operators: the Netherlands
, South Korea
. Not only have these air forces been operating F-16s since the early 80s, they also operate large fleets. The Royal Netherlands
Air Force and Belgian Air Force have particularily high attrition numbers, with 36 and 33 aircraft losses respectively. The RNlAF
have been operating F-16s since 1979 and many of these losses occured in the early years. For both airforces, the F-16 represent a leap in technology: the Netherlands were flying F-104 Starfighters and F-5 Freedom Fighters as their main combat aircraft, while Belgium
was operating Mirage 5 and F-104 Starfighter aircraft.
At the lower end of the scale, the Italian Air Force is particulary noteworthy. The AMI
leased a small fleet of 34 F-16A/B ADF
aircraft from the US Air Force
to bridge the gap between their F-104 Starfighter fleet and the new Eurofighter Typhoon, but have suffered from high attrition.
At the time of writing, only six air forces have not suffered any attrition: the Royal Moroccan Air Force is rather obvious (no F-16s delivered yet); the Iranian air force never operated any F-16s (order was cancelled), NASA
(which only operated 6 F-16s at its peak), the Polish Air Force, the Royal Air Force of Oman
and the Chilean Air Force.