US Air Force Welcomes Last F-16 Aircraft

Released on Monday, March 28, 2005
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
F-16A Fighting Falcon
F-16B Fighting Falcon
F-16C Block 32
F-16C Block 40
F-16C Block 42
F-16C Block 50
F-16C Block 52
F-16C Fighting Falcon
F-16D Block 32
F-16D Block 40
F-16D Block 42
F-16D Block 50
F-16D Block 52
F-16D Fighting Falcon
F-16E Desert Falcon
F-16F Desert Falcon
F-16I Soufa
USAF - United States Air Force
Lockheed-Martin delivered the last of 2,231 F-16 aircraft produced for the United States Air Force (USAF) at Fort Worth Aero plant in Texas on March 18, 2005. The F-16 program deliveries to the USAF began in 1978 and since then the aircraft became the backbone of the United States air power first fighting the Soviet threat and now supporting the global war on terrorism.

Originally, it was designed as a lightweight, daylight interceptor but for two decades the aircraft performance was expanded becoming a truly multi-role, day/night, all-weather fighter capable of beating sophisticated enemy air defense aircraft while delivering precision-guided munitions. It is expected that the Lockheed-Martin Aero plant in Fort Worth will continue to produce F-16s for international customers such as United Arab Emirates, Poland and Pakistan.

Despite the USAF will not receive more new-built F-16s, heavy resources will be diverted by the F-16 Systems Group to the existing 1,300 F-16s fleet to allow them to keep up the pace with combat aviation through 2025 when F-35s are expected to assume completely the role of the F-16 aircraft.


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