First F-16 delivered to Oman
06 Aug 2005
On August 4th, Lockheed Martin formally delivered the first F-16 Block 50 to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) at a ceremony at Forth Worth, Texas. The aircraft is the first of 12 new F-16s to be produced for Oman.
In May 2002, the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement with the U.S. government to purchase 12 Advanced Block 50 F-16s in the Peace A’sama A’safiya (Clear Skies) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The agreement includes eight single-seat F-16Cs and four two-seat F-16Ds, powered by the General Electric F110-GE-129 engine.
The first Oman F-16 is a two-seat F-16D model and was accepted by the U.S. government (as agent for Oman in the FMS process) on July 19, one month ahead of schedule. The first single-seat F-16C version will fly in August and be accepted in September. These two aircraft will be ferried to Oman in mid-October to support the 35th National Day celebrations on November 18. The remainder of the aircraft will be ferried to Oman during 2006.
- Lockheed Martin