Thursday, January 13, 2011

JSF training center gets F-16s

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Four F-16s on loan from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., arrive at Eglin today to support the F-35 training mission. The planes, from the 56th Fighter Wing, will be used by the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Training Center. Col. David Hlatky, commander of the 33rd at Eglin, said the aircraft are needed for training before the arrival of F-35s. Eglin has 17 F-16 Falcons, 10 assigned to the 46th Test Wing and seven to the 53rd. (Sources: Eglin Air Force Base media advisory, 01/10/11, Destin Log, 01/12/11)