UAE celebrates arrival of F-16E/Fs
04 May 2005
On 3 May 2005, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated arrival of its first batch of 10 F-16E/F 'Desert Falcon' fighters. The aircraft were flown by UAE Air Force pilots who recently completed F-16 training in the United States.
The F-16E/F aircraft version, also known as Block 60, is the latest version of the F-16. It was developed to fit the specific requirements of the UAE Air Force. The UAE has ordered a total of 80 aircraft.
The first flight of the Block 60 was made in December 2003. Flight testing by Lockheed Martin began in early 2004 and is continuing with three F-16F models. UAE pilot training on the F-16E/F began at Tucson Air National Guard Base, Arizona, in September 2004, and the first group of pilots completed their training in April 2005.
- Lockheed Martin