Tag: F-16 Viper

Lockheed Martin launches new F-16 production line in Greenville
Since the F-16 Vipers are intended to replace Bulgarian Air Force's MiG-29s, they could be assigned to 3.IAB, based at Graf Ignatievo. Back in January 2019 Bulgaria’s parliament approved the government’s plan to start talks with the United States on buying eight new F-16 Vipers, to replace its aging Soviet-made MiG-29s and improve...
First Female Pilot for USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team
Capt. Zoe “SiS” Kotnik is the Air Force’s first female single-ship aerial demonstration pilot and has over 1,000 flying hours in her eight years of military service Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, certified the new F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot and commander ahead of the 2019 season, Jan....
Lockheed Martin is ready to offer to the Bulgarian Government spare parts, simulators and service till the end of the life cycle of the F-16V Lockheed Martin has offered to sell its F-16V to the Bulgarian government. A representative from the company announced the offer at the Arena di Serdica Boutique Hotel in Sofia on Sep. 18. James Robins, Lockheed Martin's...
F-16 Vs MiG-29: when the mighty Viper dogfighted with the Fulcrum for the first time
The most impressive aspect of the Fulcrum's performance for the American pilots was its low-speed maneuverability combined with its helmet mounted sight system Designed in response to a new generation of American fighters, which included the F-15 and F-16, the MiG-29 presented a formidable threat to Western pilots. Among the countries that purchased the Fulcrum there was also East Germany. Luftwaffe...
The unknown story of the F-16 mission that marked the first combat use of GBU-38 JDAM and the beginning of the battle for Falluja
"The two guys on the wanted list step out from the overhang of the building and you could see them in the FLIR picture. One guy took a drag off of a cigarette and you could see the heat from it. As he took it out of his mouth the GBU-38 impacted and the war ended for him. We...
This pilot scored both the first U.S. F-16 kill and the first kill for the AIM 120 AMRAAM
"Someone was going to die within the next two minutes, and it wasn't going to be me or my wingman," Gary North, first USAF pilot to down an enemy aircraft in the F-16 and first pilot to score a kill with the AIM-120 AMRAAM Operation Southern Watch (OSW) began on Aug. 27, 1992 with the stated purpose of ensuring Iraqi...
Cool "bookazine" tells you all you need to know about the legendary F-16 Viper
"I cannot say the F-16 was a stellar jet when it first came out but it finally turned out to be a great fighter," Sergeant William M. Eckberg, former F-16 crew chief Conceived following the Vietnam War and built as a lightweight, highly maneuverable fast air-to-air combat aircraft the Lockheed Martin (former General Dynamics) F-16 is the most successful among the...
Hill says goodbye to the iconic F-16 Viper
The then 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill AFB was the first unit in the U.S. Air Force to receive a combat operational F-16 in January 1979 On Sep. 8, 2017 Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah, officially ended an era at a Viper Out ceremony celebrating 38-years of the F-16 at the base. The iconic Viper in fact will no...
Last F-16 ever to be produced at Fort Worth
Lockheed Martin has decided to move the F-16 production line from Forth Worth, to Greenville, South Carolina at the end of the year Brought to my attention by Earl Belz and Tim Murphy, two readers of The Aviation Geek Club, the interesting photo in this post shows an Iraqi Air Force F-16 which actually is the last Viper ever to...
Pentagon rejects Turkish request to hire F-16 instructors from Pakistan
Between 300 and 350 of the dismissed personnel after the thwarted coup were fighter pilots and as a result TuAF is now short of F-16 drivers The coup in Turkey last year has thinned the ranks of its F-16 pilots and the country had wanted to recruit instructors from Pakistan to train more pilots. However, the move has been blocked by...