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General Dynamics F-16BM Fighting Falcon

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is currently the most numerous combat aircraft in NATO. Originally developed for the USAF as a day fighter, the F-16 has evolved into a highly capable multi-role combat aircraft that despite flying for the first time in 1974 is still in production. Over 4,500 F-16s have been produced over the past 49 years and 3,000 of them are still in service with 25 nations around the world. The most recent version is called the Block 70/72 and includes a new cockpit, computers, an advanced AESA radar based on the one installed in the F-35.

Denmark originally ordered 77 F-16s which were licence built by SABCA in Belgium. Today the fleet stands at 48 aircraft in service with 14 in storage. These have been updated to the F-16AM MLU specification which includes the Link 16 datalink, Helmet Sight, Targeting Pods, new computers and the ability to use the Aim-9X Sidewinder providing a full multi-role capability. The Danish Air Force will shortly begin to retire their remaining F-16s as deliveries continue of the F-35A, once retired 19 will be transferred to the Ukrainian Air Force. Denmark have ordered 27 F-35As to replace the F-16.

The Danish Air Force will be sending their F-16AM solo display to this years Air Tattoo together with an additional two-seat F-16BM aircraft for static display as part of our 50th anniversary celebration of the type. Both aircraft will be provided Eskadrille 727 based at Skrydstrup.

Photo Credit: Paul Fiddian

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