First flight of a F-16 Block 70

-

spot_imgspot_imgspot_img

Lockheed Martin today announced the successful first flight of the first F-16 Block 70 at its Greenville, South Carolina facility.

The flight took place Jan. 24 at 9:17 a.m. ET, with Lockheed Martin test pilots Dwayne «Pro» Opella and Monessa «Siren» Balzhiser at the controls. Total flight time was approximately 50 minutes and included airworthiness checks, such as engine, flight control and fuel system checks, as well as basic aircraft handling.

«Today’s successful flight is a testament of the hard work, dedication and commitment to our customers and their missions,» said OJ Sanchez, vice president, Integrated Fighter Group, which includes the F-16 program. «This milestone demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to advancing this program and getting this much-needed aircraft and its advanced 21st Century Security capabilities to the warfighter.»

- Advertisement -

This F-16 Block 70 jet is the first of 16 jets to be delivered to Bahrain. Six countries have selected Block 70/72 aircraft. In addition to the current official backlog of 128 jets to-date to be built in GreenvilleJordan last year signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for eight jets and last week signed an additional LOA for four more jets. Lockheed Martin has received a contract to begin Jordan’s long-lead activities. Bulgaria has also signed an LOA for an additional eight jets for its fleet. Once these are finalized, the backlog will increase to 148.

F-16 Block 70 primer vuelo
El primer F-16 Block 70 deja la tierra por primera vez. Foto: LM.

«Lockheed Martin is fully committed to delivering quality platforms for our customers’ critical missions, and I am so proud of our talented team in Greenville,» said Danya Trent, F-16 Vice President and Site Lead in Greenville. «This is the culmination of significant development, design, digital engineering, supply chain and production line advances to an already proven platform that will continue to deliver decades of service in support of customers’ national security.»

Gastón Dubois
Gastón Dubois
Editor en jefe en Aviacionline Defensa. Editor-in-Chief Aviacionline Defense. Feliz de poder darle letra a esta pasión y compartirla con Uds. Contacto: gaston.dubois@aviacionline.com

DEJA UNA RESPUESTA

Por favor escribí tu comentario
Por favor escribí tu nombre

Latest News

Indra completed modernization of two secondary radars of the Brazilian Air Force

The Spanish technological engineering company completed the modernization of two IRS 20-MP/S transportable secondary radars for the Brazilian Air...

DEIMOS, Lockheed Martin’s anti-drone laser system reaches important milestone

Lockheed Martin passed the "first light" test of the Short Range Air Defense Directed Energy Interceptor System (DEIMOS), which...

Norse Atlantic to operate flights between Rome and New York starting in June

Norse Atlantic Airways will operate daily scheduled commercial flights between Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) and New York (JFK) from next 19...

FAA certifies largest and most powerful Islander

British aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman obtained U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification for the BN2T-4S Islander aircraft. The aircraft...
- Advertisement -

Colombia: American Airlines to cease flights to San Andrés Island

American Airlines confirmed that it will stop flying between Miami and San Andrés Island, a route currently operated twice...

Emirates prepares for its first flight using SAF

Emirates successfully completed ground testing of a GE90 engine using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The objective of the...

You May Also LikeCheck It Out!
Recommended For You