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You would expect a striking painting on the tail when a record number of flight hours is reached. But the Norwegians celebrate in a modest fashion. Only on the tail extension of this F-16 is recorded that 5000 flight hours were reached in February 2007 at Bodø air base. The aircraft is Lockheed Martin F-16A c/n 6K-13 (serial number 80-3659, which is in fact the US Senate appropriation nuimber, meaning the US Senate approved production of the aircraft in 1980), produced in 1982 by the then Fokker factory at Schiphol airport in The Netherlands with local construction number L-099 and serving with the Norwegian air force since 27 May 1982 with tail number 659 (derived from the US Senate appropriation number). The photo was taken during NATO exercise Frisian Flag 2012 at Leeuwarden air base in The Netherlands (EHLW) on 26 April 2012.
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