F-16 Peace Xenia IV delivery ceremony

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Unread post20 Mar 2009, 08:30

Star-Telegram wrote:Greece takes over new F-16
By BOB COX
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............Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin continues to deliver the latest versions of the F-16 Falcon, the F-35’s predecessor.

In a ceremony Thursday, Lockheed officials formally handed over the first of 30 advanced F-16s to be produced for Greece’s Hellenic Air Force.

"We’ve made it our mission to provide the Hellenic Air Force with the world’s most advanced fourth-generation fighter," Ralph Heath, president of Fort Worth-based Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., said in presenting the aircraft to Greek military and government officials.

Father Michael Stearns, parish priest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Fort Worth, blessed the aircraft.

Greece, which bought three lots of F-16s totaling 140 planes starting in 1988, ordered the latest 30 in December 2005. The aircraft are more advanced than the F-16s now flown by the U.S., which plans to replace its aircraft in a few years with F-35s.

Greece is also eyed as a likely F-35 customer.

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Father Michael Stearns of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church was on hand with military and defense officials for an F-16 ceremony at Lockheed. Greece has ordered 30 more F-16s. S-T/PAUL MOSELEY

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Unread post21 Mar 2009, 06:37

Never seen a glow-in-the-dark Viper before! :P
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Unread post23 Mar 2009, 08:44

LinkF16SimDude wrote:Never seen a glow-in-the-dark Viper before! :P


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Unread post23 Mar 2009, 21:30

When will be the final deliveries of this batch? Hope to see them soon.
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Unread post23 Mar 2009, 22:02

Flightglobal wrote:Greece accepts first new F-16 fighter
By Craig Hoyle

The Greek air force has formally accepted its first of 30 new F-16C/Ds from Lockheed Martin, with an initial batch of four fighters scheduled to arrive at its Araxos air base in May.

Air force chief of the general staff Lt Gen Ioannis Giagkos accepted the single-seat aircraft during a 19 March ceremony at Lockheed's Fort Worth manufacturing site in Texas. He says the defence and deterrent force of the Greek air force "will be significantly enhanced" following the type's arrival in Greece.

Acquired under a US Foreign Military Sales deal dubbed Peace Xenia IV, Athens' new aircraft are manufactured to the Block 52+ standard, and powered by Pratt & Whitney F100-229 engines.

The US government in January accepted Greece's first F-16C (above) and two-seat D-model aircraft under the deal, with Lockheed saying the milestones were achieved one month ahead of contract schedule.

Lockheed had previously expected to deliver all 30 F-16s this year, but confirms: "The first four aircraft will be ferried to Greece in May, with the remainder following this year and in 2010." The deal is for 20 single-seat aircraft and 10 two-seat trainers.

The Greek air force already operates 131 F-16C/Ds, according to Flight's MiliCAS database. Its new examples will deliver an attrition capability while Athens prepares to revive its long-delayed search for a next-generation strike aircraft.

Greece early this decade selected the Eurofighter Typhoon under a subsequently abandoned deal, but could later this year relaunch a competition to replace its McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms and Vought A-7 Corsairs. Up to 80 aircraft could be required, with deliveries needed by 2010-12.

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Unread post23 May 2009, 21:43

The first 4 F-16C Block 52 Advanced fighters

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landed at 116th Fighter Wing at Araxos on 221305Z



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Unread post23 May 2009, 22:08

Fantasma337 wrote:The first 4 F-16C Block 52 Advanced fighters


Very nice ... nothing sweeter than brand new Vipers 8)
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Unread post26 May 2009, 23:24

VarkVet wrote:
Fantasma337 wrote:The first 4 F-16C Block 52 Advanced fighters


Very nice ... nothing sweeter than brand new Vipers 8)


....with shiny new PW-229 motors! :cool:
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