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New F-16AM Test flight

Test flight 'new' Portuguese Air Force F-16AM
The Military Minds.com
New F16-AM The Military Minds.com

On 24 January 2020, the Força Aerea Portuguesa (FAP, Portuguese Air Force) F-16AM , with serial 15143, flew from the OGMA facilities in Alverca (Portugal) for its 'first' flight. During this flight it also flew over its future homebase, Monte Real AB.
This specific F-16, with previous USAF identity 82-1004, was acquired as part of the Peace Atlantis II programme in 1999. Before ending up in Portugal, the Fighting Falcon served with the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (USAFE) at Torrejon Air Base (Spain), 309th Tactical Fighter Squadron (FL) and 170th Tactical Fighter Squadron (IL), and subsequently ended up at AMARG 'Boneyard' (AZ) in December 1994.
Together with F-16AM 15142 and F-16BM 15144, both delivered in 2019, the 'new' F-16AM Fighting Falcon will help mitigate the loss of the Portuguese Air Force's fighter aircraft strength, after the sale of twelve of its F-16s to Romania.
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