Single Seat Polish F-16 Conducts Maiden Flight


Released on Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Poland
AN/APG-68
F-16C Block 52
F-16D Block 52
PANTERA
AFB - Air Force Base
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
TV - Television
USA - United States of America
Lockheed Martin announces successful completion of the maiden flight of the first Polish F-16 aircraft. The flight took place in Fort Worth, Texas, USA and marks a key milestone in the success of the Peace Sky program. The F-16 flown yesterday is part of a 48-aircraft order by the Government of Poland and is planned for delivery to the Polish Air Force later this year.

Lockheed Martin successfully completed the maiden flight of the first Polish F-16 on March 14, 2006. The flight took place in Fort Worth, Texas, USA and marks a key milestone in the success of the Peace Sky program. The F-16 is part of a 48-aircraft order by the Government of Poland and is planned for delivery to the Polish Air Force later this year.

The pilot for the first flight was Paul Hattendorf, a company test pilot for Lockheed Martin. He performed numerous system checks, including engine throttle transients at various altitudes and radar checks using a photo chase F-16 as a simulated target. Hattendorf also took the aircraft to supersonic speeds and performed high-g maneuvers during the flight, which lasted just over an hour. After several additional check flights by both company and U.S. Air Force test pilots, this first Polish F-16 is scheduled to be ferried to Edwards AFB, California, in April for more system-specific testing.

The F-16, selected by 24 countries, is the multi-role fighter of choice. It has more than 12 million flight hours among more than 4,300 aircraft produced.

When delivered, Polish F-16s will be the most advanced in NATO. Features of the Block 52+ include an AN/APG-68(V) 9 radar fire control system and a Sniper Extended Range pod, which is an advanced targeting pod designed with an infrared pointer, laser, day TV, forward looking infrared, laser spot tracker and advanced algorithms. The pod delivers superior tracking performance and reliability. Additionally, the multi-role fighter developed for Poland is equipped with a helmet-mounted cueing system used for directing precision guided munitions and off-boresight missiles as well as for increasing pilot situational awareness. The aircraft is designed to be fully interoperable with NATO and European Union missions.

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