An F-16C Fighting Falcon from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Prepares to refuel from a KC-135E Stratotanker with the 940th Air Refuelling Wing from Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Both aircraft are flying in support of NATO Operation Allied Force and are flying from bases in Europe.
© USAF -Master Sgt. Joe Cupido
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In January 1979 the first F-16's began arriving at Hill AFB, Utah, home to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing. The unit would be first F-16 Wing to be declared combat ready and also the first to deploy overseas with the 'Viper' when the 4th TFS deployed to Norway in the spring of 1981 for 'Corenet Falcon'. 1981 saw the first overseas units receiving their F-16's, the 8th TFW at Kunsan AB, RoK and in Europe the 50th TFW at Hahn AB, Germany began trading in their F-4's.

Since then, the 'Viper' has gone through numerous updates and enhancements to become one of the USAF's most versatile and capable combat aircraft. Coming up to it's 20th year of operational use and with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), it's proposed replacement a long way from from active service, expect to see the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon for many a year to come...

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Air Combat Command
20th Fighter Wing 1 Shaw AFB, South Carolina SW
Squadron
Tail Colour
55th FS
Blue/White
77th FS
Red
78th FS
Yellow/Red
79th FS
Yellow/Black
 
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 50D F-16C/D - 50D F-16C/D - 50D F-16C/D - 50D  
27th Fighter Wing Cannon AFB, New Mexico CC
Squadron
Tail Colour
428th FS 2
?
522nd FS
Red
523rd FS
Blue
524th FS
Yellow
 
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 52 F-16C/D - 30/40 F-16C/D - 30/40 F-16C/D - 30/40  
53rd Wing
79 Test & Evaluation Group
Eglin AFB, Florida OT
Squadron
Tail Colour
85th TES 
Black/White 
422nd TES 3  Black/Green
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 42/50/52 F-16C/D - 42/50/52
57th Wing Nellis AFB, Nevada WA
Squadron
Tail Colour
414th CTS
Yellow/Black
USAF ADS 4
none
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 32/42/52 F-16C/D - 32
347th Wing Moody AFB, Georgia MY
Squadron
Tail Colour
68th FS
Red
69th FS
Black/Red
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 40 F-16C/D - 40
366th Wing Mountain home AFB, Idaho MO
Squadron
Tail Colour
389th FS
Red
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 52
388th Fighter Wing Hill AFB, Utah HL
Squadron
Tail Colour
4th FS
Yellow/Black
34th FS
Red/White
421st FS
Black/Red
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 40 F-16C/D - 40 F-16C/D - 40
Air Education & Training Command
20 FW SW F-16C Block 50D 91-0360/SW from the 79 FS/20 FW. The 20 FW was formed at Shaw AFB in 1947 and returned in 1992 after 40 years with USAFE.
Doug Slowiak/Vortex Photo Graphics
27 FW CC Returning after a training mission on the Nellis Ranges is 89-2006, a Block 40E F-16C operated by the 524 FS, 27 FW at Cannon AFB.
Peter Greengrass
53 WG OT F-16C Block 42B 88-0420/OT from the 422 TES based at Nellis AFB. Its sister squadron (85 TES) is based at Wing HQ's at Eglin AFB, Florida.
Peter Greengrass
57 WG WA 57 Fighter Wing (now just plain Wing) F-16C 86-0271 Block 32D Aggressor, photographed somewhere other than Nellis (I know that much!) August 1996
Bob Greby
347 WG MY 90-0763 a Block 40 F-16C from the 68 FS, whose nickname is the "Lancers"
Steve Hill/MilSlides
366 WG MO The latest variant of the F-16 is the Block 52, 92-3896 is actually a Block 52P and is operated by the 389 FS/366 WG at Mountain Home AFB
Doug Slowiak/Vortex Photo Graphics
388 FW HL The 388 FW was the first USAF unit to receive the Viper back in 1979. F-16C Block 40G 89-2119/HL from the 34th Fighter Squadron.
Fred Krause
ADS Thunderbirds change their paint schemes!! Well not really, F-16D Block 32C 86-0041 returning to Nellis after rework at Hill AFB, October 1999
Peter Greengrass
56th Fighter Wing 5 Luke AFB, Arizona LF
Squadron
Tail Colour
21st FS 6
White/Red
61st FS
Yellow/Black
62nd FS
White/Blue
63rd FS
Red/Black
 
Current Type - Block F-16A/B - 20 F-16C/D - 25/42 F-16C/D - 25/42 F-16C/D - 25/42  
Squadron
Tail Colour
308th FS
Green/White
309th FS
Blue/White
310th FS
Green/Yellow
425th FS 7
Black/Red
 
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 25/42 F-16C/D - 25/42 F-16C/D - 25/42 F-16C/D - 52  
82nd Training Wing 8 Sheppard AFB, Texas ST
Squadron
Tail Colour
?
Black/Blue
 
Current Type - Block F-16A/B - 5/10/15; F-16C - 25/30/40
56 FW LF F-16D Block 42A 88-0155, 61FS. The 56FW has 8 squadrons assigned to it. Apart from USAF pilots they also train pilots from Singapore and Taiwan Air Forces.
Doug Slowiak/Vortex Photo Graphics
82 TRW ST
F-16B 79-0420 Block 10 from the 82nd TRW (Training Wing) They have various Non flying airframes.
Kevin Patrick
46th Test Wing
Air Armament Centre
Eglin AFB, Florida ET
Squadron
Tail Colour
39th FLTS
Blue/White
40th FLTS
Red/White
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 25/40/42/50 F-16A/B - 5/15
412th Test Wing
Air Force Flight Test Centre
Edwards AFB, California ED
Squadron
Tail Colour
416th FLTS
Blue/White
Current Type - Block F-16A/B - 1/10/15/20; F-16C/D - 25/30/40/42/50
8 FW WP Very nice shot of a Kunsan based F-16C Block 30D 86-0293/WP. The 8th Fighter wing has a distinguished history and served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
Alec Fushi/Flightline Photography
35 FW MJ The 14FS/35FW operate with the MJ tailcode, whilst its sister Sqn 13FS fly their vipers with the WW tailcode. F-16C Block 50P 92-3919
Alec Fushi/Flightline Photography
35 FW WW The 35 FW operates the Block 50 F-16C/D and wear the WW ("Wild Weasel" tailcode). Here photographed at Tyndall AFB in October 1996 is F-16C Block 50 90-0804 13 FS 35 FW
Alec Fushi/Flightline Photography
51 FW OS F-16C Block 40E 89-2043/OS 36 FS. The 51FW also operates a squadron of A-10A Thunderbolts (25FS)
Alec Fushi/Flightline Photography
354 FW AK The 354th FW at Eielson AFB, Alaska operate Block 40 F-16C/D's. They also operate a squadron of A-10A's (355 FS). 18FS F-16C Block 40H 90-0733 lifting of during Cooperative Cope Thunder '99 at Eielson AFB.
Tech Sgt. Mark Bucher/Official USAF Photo
   
 
NOTES    
1 Formerly 363rd Fighter Wing   2 Trains Singapore AF Pilots
3 Based at Nellis AFB   4 The Thunderbirds
5 Formerly 58th Fighter Wing   6 Trains Taiwan AF Pilots
7 Trains Singapore AF Pilots   8 Responsible for airframe trades skills training for the USAF. They have various Non flying airframes.
9 Formerly 343rd Fighter Wing  
Air Force Material Command
46 TW ET F-16C Block 40C 88-0456/ET from 39FLTS, shot November 1995. Also assigned to the 46 TW is the 40FLTS.
Bob Greby
412 TW ED Taxiing after the displaying at the Edwards AFB Open House, October 1999 is this F-16D Block 40A 87-0392 from the 412th Test Wing.
Peter Greengrass
Pacific Air Forces
8th Fighter Wing Kunsan AB, RoK WP
Squadron
Tail Colour
35th FS
Blue
80th FS
Yellow
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 30 F-16C/D - 30
35th Fighter Wing Misawa AB, Japan MJ/WW
Squadron
Tail Colour
13th FS
Red/White WW
14th FS
Black/Yellow MJ
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 50 F-16C/D - 50
51st Fighter Wing Osan AB, RoK OS
Squadron
Tail Colour
36th FS
Red
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 40
354th Fighter Wing 9 Eielson AFB, Alaska AK
Squadron
Tail Colour
18th FS
Blue
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 40
US Air Forces Europe
31st Fighter Wing Aviano AB, Italy AV
Squadron
Tail Colour
510th FS
Purple/White
555th FS
Green/White
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 40 F-16C/D - 40
52nd Fighter Wing Spangdahlem AB, Germany SP
Squadron
Tail Colour
22nd FS
Red
23rd FS
Blue
Current Type - Block F-16C/D - 50 F-16C/D - 50
31 FW AV F-16C Block 40E 89-2001/AV Marked for the 31 FW, also with mission marks from the latest conflict in the Balkans
Peter Greengrass
52 FW SP Leaving after attending RIAT at RAF Fairford, July 1999 is 91-0407 a F-16C Block 50D from the 52 Fighter Wing.
Peter Greengrass
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