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Turkish Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon

Only the US and Israel operate more F-16s than does Turkey, making the Turkish Air Force one of the world's leading users of this famous fighter. The single-seat F-16Cs and two-seat F-16Ds it operates from six bases - around 240 in all - were mostly built locally by Turkish Aerospace Industries. The Solotürk demonstration, piloted this year by Capt Erhan Günar and 1st Lt Serdar Doğan, uses a specially painted Block 40 F-16C from 132 Filo (Squadron) stationed at the 3rd Main Jet Base at Konya. Turkey first sent F-16s to the Air Tattoo at Cottesmore in 2001; Solotürk made its debut in 2011 and has returned on several occasions since.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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