40 Years of Strong F-16 Partnership
In a ceremony organised at Beauvechain airbase on Tuesday June 9th, 2015 representatives of the 6 participating countries celebrated the 40th anniversary of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as the base charter for the F-16 Multinational Fighter Program. The five founding nations (the sixth, Portugal, joined later in June 2000) Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States together initially ordered some 998 F-16's. In the 1980's the European Participating Governments decided, based upon the success of the program to acquire 169 additional aircraft, known as the "Follow-on Buy".
Five of the 6 members of the F-16 Multinational Fighter Program delegated F-16's to the 40th anniversry ceremony organised at Beaauvechain airbase.
Belgian Air Force Lt Col Frank "Fozzy" Vandenbussche during his address
The Koninklijke Luchtmacht of the Netherlands delegated J-623 in clean configuration. (No fuel tanks nor armament).
The Danish F-16 delegation.
Norwegian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16BM 689
The Portuguese Air Force delegated a formation of two aircraft led by Belgian exchange pilot and former F-16 demo-pilot Cdt.Mitch Beulen. One of these aircraft was Lockheed Martin F-16AM 15136 of Monte Real based Esq 201 Falcões (Falcons) which sported a special "Falcon" tail decoration.
© Daniel Brackx - (June 2015)
Last updated 07/11/11 10:59 Daniel Brackx