US Air Force - AFMC F-16s

Members of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force prepare an F-16 Fighting Falcon for a final chemical decontamination test at Edwards AFB on January 30th, 2006. The F-16 (#83-1172), used in place of an F-35, was sprayed with a chemical simulant, washed, then towed into a hangar and heated to 165- to 185-degree temperatures to accelerate the weathering of the remaining chemical. The goal of the testing is to decontaminate an entire aircraft quickly and return it to service should it be exposed to a chemical or biological agent. [USAF photo by Mark McCoy]


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