Indonesia received four more former US Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16s on Thursday 21 May. The aircraft were flown by US pilots and arrived at Iswahjudi Air Force Base at the end of a ferry flight that started at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, with stop overs in Alaska and Guam. The pilots were welcomed with a traditional ceremony.
With this arrival, the Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU, or Indonesian Air Force) now sees nine former US Air Force F-16s delivered. The first three arrived in July 2014. Indonesia has a total of 24 on order under the 750 million USD Peace Bima-Sena II program.
Empat pesawat F-16 C/D tiba di Lanud Iswahjudi masing-masing TS 1631 diterbangkan oleh Mayor Thomas Arthur Juntunen, TS 1633 Mayor Brian Dauglas Perkins, TS 1636 Mayor Cabell David Francis, dan TS 1642 Letkol Chad William Jennings, dengan route penerbangan dari Hill AFB – Eilsen Alaska – Guam lanjut ke Lanud Iswahjudi, tampak Komandan Lanud Iswahjudi Marsekal Pertama TNI Donny Ermawan T, M.D.S memberi kalungan bunga kepada salah satu Pilot. (22/5/15)
The aircraft are designated F-16C/D block 52ID and are operated by 3 squadron at at Iswahjudi airbase. The program suffered a setback on when on 16 april one of the F-16Cs caught fire and was badly burned.
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Featured image (top) An Indonesian F-16C seen after refurbishment at Hill Air Force Base. (Image © TNI-AU)