First flight of the third F-16V by ODA

From Savvas D. Vlassis

The first two-seat F-16D to undergo V-version upgrade work at the ODA facility made its maiden flight yesterday. The aircraft performed a short flight during which some observations were recorded. With the flight test program completed, the plane is expected to be delivered to the Air Force next week.

This is the third successively upgraded F-16V that will return for operational use, attributed to the strength of the 115th Fighter Wing.

In the meantime, with several obstacles, the work on the restoration and return to operational condition of the first C-130 is progressing, based on a contract awarded on May 4, 2022 to a Greek private company, utilizing the facilities of the AAB. This is “742”, a C-130H, which is the second aircraft of the type received by the Air Force in 1975.

The plane is estimated to be delivered to the Air Force in March 2023, while the “749” will follow a few months later.

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