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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