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F-16 I

Mon Aug 09, 2004 10:25 am

Their were several F-16'S doing touch and goes in Tucson last Thursday and Friday. They appeared to be like F-16I with the conformal dorsal tank modification. They did not look like IAF camouflage , much darker. I have not seen that type of F16 flying around here that I can remember. Just curious about them if anyone knows.
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RE: F-16 I

Mon Aug 09, 2004 8:42 pm

The Republic of Singapore has that type, and maintains F-16 training squadrons at Luke and Cannon AFB's, so they may have been from one of them.
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RE: F-16 I

Tue Aug 10, 2004 12:52 am

Singapore indeed has similar airframes in their upgraded Block 52's, Greece is also in the process of taking delivery of some 52+s, and the UAE's block 60s also feature the electronics spine (as well as CFTs). Since this was a Tucson however, it is most likely that they were Singaporean examples (spines but no CFTs and U.S.-style camo scheme).


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RE: F-16 I

Tue Aug 10, 2004 1:11 am

I have not seen them this weekend but will try to get a closer look if possible . Thanks

Your correct these aircraft did not appear to have the CFT'S only the large dorsal spine.

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RE: F-16 I

Tue Aug 10, 2004 1:17 am

UAE F-16F Block 60 (Spine, CFTs): http://www.f-16.net/f-16_photos_album42-photoaah.html

HAF F-16D Block 52+ (Spine, CFTs): http://www.f-16.net/f-16_photos_album15-photoaah.html

RSAF F-16D Block 52 (Spine only): http://www.f-16.net/f-16_photos_album33-photoaae.html

IDF/AF F-16I Block 52+ (Spine, CFTs): http://www.f-16.net/f-16_photos_album08-photoage.html

IDF/AF F-16D Block 30 (Spine only): http://www.f-16.net/f-16_photos_album08-photoaec.html


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RE: F-16 I

Tue Aug 10, 2004 5:23 am

Great pictures , thanks

The aircraft I saw were very dark grey , almost gunship grey. I was surprised by the tone of the scheme and thought it unusual for the F-16.


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RE: F-16 I

Tue Aug 10, 2004 7:53 am

Yeah no problem, so it was the Singaporians? BTW, the 162nd at Tucson is 95% certain to get the contract to train UAE crews for their brand new block 60s. So look forward to seeing 15 or so F-16E/F based out of Tucson in the near future. I think the Thai already have a detachment there as well.


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