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Unread post31 Jan 2020, 00:12

Could become the first commercial F-16A provider of adversary air:

Top Aces Corp. is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a winner under the U.S. Air Force Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support contract. This contract provides a vehicle through which Top Aces can offer it’s highly advanced adversary air capabilities and compete for individual tenders at twelve U.S. Air Force (USAF) bases. Top Aces Corp. will be the first provider to offer the F-16 platform, configured with a unique open system architecture designed to meet the diverse needs of the USAF customer. Top Aces’ fleet will initially be based at the F-16 Center of Excellence located in Mesa, Arizona.


https://topaces.com/news-events/top-ace ... idiq-award



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https://topaces.com/our-fleet/lockheed-martin-f-16a
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Unread post09 Oct 2020, 22:42

So does anyone know if the sale has been approved? Any one know who they bought them from? anything?
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Unread post10 Oct 2020, 10:41

Apparently interested in some Jordanian F-16's, but I think there is still some way to go on this in all fairness...
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Unread post12 Oct 2020, 06:01

Norway is selling its current fleet of F-16s. Very well maintained, upgraded to "perfection".

https://www.tu.no/artikler/flere-mulige ... var/500697
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Unread post12 Oct 2020, 12:20

The article say they will have an "open system architecture". Wonder what kind of "upgrades" these particular Vipers will have/get. Regardless, as these are "A" models, these should be "little monsters".
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Unread post28 Jan 2021, 16:57

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Unread post29 Jan 2021, 14:56

They've received their first F-16s. Peep the (probably non-exhaustive) upgrade list:

Top Aces says that the F-16s will be upgraded with Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars, helmet-mounted cueing systems, tactical datalinks and high off boresight missile capability for their new roles as aggressors.


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Unread post29 Jan 2021, 16:29

Some real history there:
Their serial numbers identify them as aircraft originally sold to Israel under the Peace Marble I sale that delivered Israel’s first F-16 Netzs between 1980 and 1981, with all of the F-16As being combat veterans with confirmed kills. F-16A “129” in particular participated in Operation Opera, the 1981 raid that destroyed the Iraqi Osirak nuclear reactor, being the fourth of eight F-16s to drop its bombs on the under-construction reactor.
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Unread post29 Jan 2021, 16:31

I'm more surprised (and happy) to see that one of them is an Operation Opera veteran!
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Unread post29 Jan 2021, 16:51

Amazing really but be interested to know what life extending programs they went through to make it ~40 years and still be usable for a manned A-A role.

It seems these Block 5/10s were put in storage around the 2015 time period.
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Unread post17 May 2021, 23:54

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F-16A N845TA at KIWA US Arizona May 11 2021
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Unread post18 May 2021, 14:38

Salute!

Wow! Gonna be a little different than using A-4's or F-5's or....., huh?

Good move and there's a thousand Viper pilots out there to fly the things.

Folks will be surprised at the Block 10 maneuvering compared to the heavier, later models. And fuel flow, as well.

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Unread post18 May 2021, 19:56

Light the AB, put the lift vector in plane, pull to the limiter and be all you can be.....

.....which begs the question, why does the Navy need their own Vipers?

Mustin said there are not enough Block I Super Hornets to replace the legacy Hornet adversary fleet, so the Navy is proposing the aircraft be replaced by used Air Force and Air National Guard F-16 fighters.
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Unread post18 May 2021, 21:21

The Database has 854 as a Block 5. Now....I know my OEM eyeballs are pushing 60 but it looks like Basher's pic shows it with Big Tail stabs, which I thought didn't happen until Block 15. Did the IDFAF (or perhaps Top Aces?) put Big Tails on their pre-Block 15 jets after the fact??
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Unread post18 May 2021, 21:34

Salute!

Good eyes, Link....

The big tails could be retrofitted on the early blocks with zero changes to the drive system of the ISA ( integrated servo actuator). Hence the favorite A2A block was the "small tail" Block 10. Had better 'dar and such but not more weight/drag.

They replaced our FLCS computers and we launched! The Block 15's came with the big tail as standard equipment and some other goodies, but the early blocks could handle the big tail easily. At Hill, they had we old farts fly the birds with the bigger tail before opening the door for all the nuggets.

Biggest thing we noticed was improved nose-pointing when slow. Of course, that was the whole point of the big tail - no more balancing fuel and basically unrestricted pitch.

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