Tag Archives | F-16

MUST READ: Tell-all interview with Pakistan Viper pilot

A special feature posted on the PAF Falcons web site provides a fascinating transcript of a one-on-one interview with an anonymous, although apparently very senior, Pakistani Air Force F-16 pilot. It reminds me of YouTube Terry’s infamous indiscretions.  The Pakistani pilot manages to embarrass the pride of the Royal Air Force, candidly describe Israeli air-to-air […]

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What about an Arab-led no-fly-zone over Libya?

While the US and European Union hem and haw over launching a no-fly zone over Libya, the Dubai-based Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) has proposed a possibly useful alternate solution: let the Arabs do it.Riad Kahwaji, chief executive of INEGMA, quotes retired United Arab Emirates air force chief Maj Gen Khaled […]

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PHOTO: Newer, bigger display for F-16 cockpit

Raytheon announced today that the company has won a contract to install a large center pedestal display in F-16s owned by the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. Here is the first image showing the 6 by 8in color display inside the cockpit. Large-format, color displays could soon become essential for a key […]

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PHOTO OP: F-16 SMASH!

The US Air Force sacrificed one of its beloved Lockheed Martin F-16s on 19 August to test the flight termination system for the unmanned version of the aircraft that is being developed by Boeing to serve as an aerial target drone. The QF-16 will convert scores of retired F-16A/Bs into targets for live missile tests.Photo […]

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Fighter spending gone bezerk?

Fighter Chart Feast your eyes on this chart released two months ago by the Congressional Budget Office, which came attached with an alarming note on the blog of CBO director Douglas Elmendorf.“The Air Force has been spending nearly as much annually to purchase relatively small numbers of F-22 fighter jets and Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) […]

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USAF considers new F-15s and F-16s to beat fighter shortfall

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a new report today that for the first time reveals how US Air Force plans to deal with a fighter shortfall that is expected to reach 200 jets by 2025.The GAO report summarizes two mandatory reports the USAF delivered in March to Congress. There are four options: 1. Extending […]

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Will F-16 embarrass UK in Oman?

Only four months ago, UK government officials confidently predicted Oman would shortly buy an undisclosed number of Eurofighter Typhoons. The motivation was clear: Oman could assume a portion of the UK government’s order commitment on Tranche 3A for the Eurofighter program, relieving pressure on the UK’s strained defense budget.Well, something may have changed since April.Yesterday, […]

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GEICO for F-16s

Morocco isn’t taking any chances with its 24 Lockheed Martin F-16s. The country has asked the US Air Force to shop around for insurance. The $50 million per aircraft policy, which includes a (gulp!) $250,000 deductible, covers the risk for the 3-5-month period between aircraft delivery in Fort Worth and aircraft arrival in Morocco. The […]

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Congressional F-35 hater: “I think this will come back and haunt us … as a monumental mistake”

An apoplectic Rep Frank LoBiondo yelled at Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter during an armed services subcommittee hearing yesterday. Normally, lawmakers ask the witnesses questions, but LoBiondo wasn’t asking for a response. He appeared to just want to vent. LoBiondo represents a New Jersey district that includes an F-16 base operated by the Air National […]

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F-16 lays golden egg for Dutch farmer?

This story is why blogs were invented.A Dutch farmer last year received a claim for 3,500 Euros ($5,175) from the Ministry of Defense. Why, you may ask? Because the noise from an F-16 so confused the farmer’s cockatoo that the Malaysian member of the parrot family ate its own egg, the Telegraaf newspaper reports today. […]

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