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Turkish retirements

THE T-33A FINALLY left the Turkish Air Force inventory on January 20, 1997, at Eskisehir (1st Main Jet Base) when the final two aircraft were retired. It ended almost 45 years of service which had seen the type fill both the jet training and liaison roles. When the first two T-33As (serialled 51-4058 and 51-4059) were received through the Military Assistance Program (MAP) on December 27, 1951, it marked the beginning of the Turkish Air Force’s (TuAF) jet age.

Further examples arrived from the USA, Canada and France during the intervening years and by 1983 the TuAF had received 100

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New York Snipers

Mark Ayton spoke with members of the 174th Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard about recent capability upgrades to the F-16C.

THE 174TH Fighter Wing (FW) is part of the New York Air National Guard. It operates 15 Block 30 F-16C Fighting Falcons from Hancock Field, the military side of Syracuse International airport, in mid-state New York and has approximately 1,000 people assigned.

Since the first F-16 arrived at Syracuse in 1988, the 174th has flown Block 10 F-16As, Block 25 F-16Cs and the current Block 30 F-16C. It was one of only two Air National Guard F-16 Wings

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Initial Contract Awarded for THK F-16 Upgrade

LOCKHEED MARTIN was awarded a $67.7 million long-lead contract on July 19 to begin development for the Peace Onyx III upgrade programme for the Turkish Air Force’s F-16C/D fleet, for which a Letter of Offer and Acceptance was formally signed earlier this year.

Work on this initial phase is scheduled for completion by July 2006, after which the main contract is due to be awarded, with Lockheed Martin’s total contract share amounting to some $800 million.

The programme will upgrade 117 aircraft, Lockheed Martin providing kits for 37 F-16 Block 30s, four Block 40s and 76 Block 50s. The deal

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GUARD VIPERS

EUMEROUS’ AND ‘widespread’ are two words which describe the fielding of the F-16 Fighting Falcon with Air Forces around the world. The most prolific is the United States Air Force, which operates the F-16 in seven of its ten commands, including the Air National Guard (ANG). Since the first F-16s were delivered to what was then the 169th Tactical Fighter Group, at McEntire Air National Guard Base, South Carolina, in July 1983, General Dynamics’, and subsequently Lockheed Martin’s, revolutionary little fighter aircraft has formed the backbone of the Guards’ combat capability. In 2004, no fewer than 27 Air National Guard

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Griffon shoot-down

I THOUGH IT was interesting read about the Afghani conflict from the viewpoint of the Soviets.

Apart from the details of half a sortie, most of the effort was made to credit the Soviets with the loss of the only Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft during its operations against violating Soviet-Afghan aircraft!

Although details and cause of the F-16 loss have appeared in numerous air journals, the author persists in crediting it to the Soviet Air Force.

However, just to set the records straight, the aforementioned F-16 was flying as the lead in a formation of two when they were

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Greece to Buy F-16 Block 52s

GREEK DEFENCE Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos announced on July 19 that the Greek Government is to place a 1.1 billion euro order for 30 Lockheed Martin 1-16 Block 52 fighters, with options on a further ten aircraft. The announcement followed a meeting earlier that day of the Greek National Security Council (the KYSEA) to discuss its four-year arms procurement programme up to 2010. The aircraft will be ordered in a government-to-government deal with Washington, with the precise final cost still to be determined. Provision of maintenance support will be requested as part of an offset deal still to be negotiated. The

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First Omani F-16 Flies

LOCKHEED MARTIN flew the first F-16 for Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), the first two-seat F-16D Block 50, 801 (c/n TQ-1, USAF/02-2123), from Fort Worth, Texas, on July 8. Under the Peace A’sama A’safiya (Clear Skies) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, the RAFO is acquiring a total of 12 F-16C/D Block 50+ aircraft, comprising eight F-16Cs with c/ns TP-1 to TP-8 (USAF serials 02-2115 to 02-2122) and four F-16Ds, TQ-1 to TQ-4 (USAF/02-2123 to 02-2126). Apart from the first aircraft seen at Fort Worth, 801 (which takes up a serial previously used on a Hunter 1.66), RAFO serials for

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Falcons Italian

FOUR F-1 6s roar overhead on departure from Trapani airbase in Sicily, home of the 37th Wing (37° Stormo) and one of the Italian Air Force’s two main operating bases for the type. The first Fighting Falcons arrived there less than five years ago, replacing the venerable F-104 Starfighter. In three years time, the F-16 will be retired at the end of its brief tenure with the Italian Air Force.

Capability Gap

On February 1, 2001, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced its decision to lease the Lockheed Martin F-16A Air Defence Fighter (ADF) for the Aeronautica Militare Italiano

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F-16 FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

Perhaps the most marketable aircraft currently held by AMARC is the F-16. Various governments from around the world have opted to buy or lease F-16s previously stored at AMARC following retirement from the US Air Force under a Foreign Military Sale. A Foreign Military Sale starts with government to government agreements. The Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs will approve a sale and the specific hardware, software and weapons which can be released. In most instances, the customer will send out an advance party to AMARC to go through the records of individual aircraft available within AMARC to

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In the U.S., work has begun on refitting the F-16 target drones

In the U.S., work began on the conversion of fighter F-16 «Fighting Falcon» (Fighting Falcon) in unmanned target fourth generation QF-16. The program targets the creation of the new QF-16 based on the F-16 is connected with the need to move from air targets third generation applied USAF still in the era of the Vietnam War, to air targets 4th generation that can mimic modern air targets. First fighter officially converted into a full-scale aerial target QF-16 was the F-16C (serial number 85-1455). Target QF-16 is a supersonic reusable full-scale aerial target made on the basis of the modification of

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