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Joint F-16 Ops in Poland

Written by David Sarvai Published in Code One Magazine

US Airmen from the 510th Fighter Squadron at Aviano AB, Italy, carried out joint F-16 training with their counterparts from Lask AB, Poland, on 26 July 2013. This is third in a series of regularly scheduled two-week rotations of US Airman and aircraft to Poland. The training is designed to simulate a realistic wartime operating environment between the US and Polish air forces. The training flight scenarios become more complex as the training continues throughout the week. To complete the more advanced objectives, the allied force must work seamlessly while airborne. The US aviation detachment to Poland was activated in 2012.

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Return To Aviano

Written by David Sarvai Published in Code One Magazine

More than 250 Airmen and pilots flying fourteen F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 510th Fighter Squadron returned to Aviano AB, Italy, on 27 March after more than three weeks of training at Zaragoza AB, Spain. The purpose of the training was to build coalition partnerships with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies and accomplish critical flight training. While in Spain, the 510th FS pilots completed air-to-air training mission against Spanish EF-18 Hornets and EF-2000 Eurofighters and performed air-to-ground missions such as basic surface attacks, close air support, and large force employment.

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Fighting Buzzards Drop GBU-54

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An F-16 pilot with the 510th Fighter Squadron, based at Aviano AB, Italy, and deployed to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, employed the 500-pound GBU-54 laser-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, for the first time in the Afghan area of operations in late September. The GBU-54 is equipped with a dual targeting system that combines Global Positioning System and laser guidance to accurately engage moving targets. Pilots previously used a combination of GBU-38 JDAMs and GBU-12 laser guided bombs. Identified as an urgent operational need in early 2007, the Air Force completed development and testing of the GBU-54 in less than seventeen months, fielding it in combat in Iraq in 2008.

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Schlemming with the Fulcrum

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Pilots of the 510th Fighter Squadron and Germany's Jagdgeschwader 73 train as adversaries but relax as friends. This deployment was the first large-scale encounter with the MiG-29 Fulcrum for the US Air Force.

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Operation DELIBERATE FORCE

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The 31st Fighter Wing from Aviano Air Base in Italy led the largest air raids in Europe since World War II in the summer of 1995. Aircraft from the wing and from other coalition forces inflicted heavy damage on key Bosnian Serb targets. During Operation Deliberate Force, as the NATO-led bombing offensive of August and September was called, F-16 pilots of the 31st Wing's 510th and 555th Fighter Squadrons flew as part of large strike packages with US Navy and Marine Corps pilots as well as with British, French, Dutch, German, Italian, and Turkish aircrews.

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Brig. Gen. Timothy Peppe

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Visitors to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base in Italy are treated to what amounts to an international air show year-round. Ramps and shelters display a wide variety of aircraft from numerous countries, including Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, and Spain. F-16s reside permanently at the wing's 510th and 555th Fighter Squadrons. USAFE expeditionary forces, consisting of A-10s from Spangdahlem, Germany, and F-15Es from Lakenheath, England, visit Aviano. The wing hosted a group of Portuguese F-16s last December. The US Marines have a contingent of EA-6B radar jamming aircraft at the base. And F-16s visit from Air National Guard and USAF Reserve units in the United States as rotations allow.

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F-16 AFAC

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Airborne Forward Air Controllers, AFACs as they are called, are usually thought of as spotters in low-flying and slow-moving aircraft. That flight regime seems appropriate for identifying ground targets for other aircraft. The Air Force tried using fast-flying aircraft, the F-100 and F-4 in particular, as airborne controllers for a short time during the Vietnam War. The concept, however, met with limited success. So, the service fell back to relying primarily on such aircraft as the venerable single-engine 0-1 Bird Dog, the twin piston-engine 0-2 Skymaster, and the twin turboprop OV-10 Bronco. Other similar slower aircraft have also been used to a lesser extent over the years. More recently, the close air support A-10 Warthog evolved into the OA-10 to fill the AFAC role for USAF.

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Night Vision At Aviano

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If USAF has such a thing as a food chain, F-16s at Aviano are dining near the top. The Block 40 jets at this air base in northern Italy are fully outfitted with LANTIRN navigation and targeting pods. They are the first and only operational F-16s with Sure Strike—a system that receives highly accurate targeting information from the ground. They are also the first F-16s in the active-duty Air Force to employ night vision goggles, or NVGs, operationally. And by march, all of the F-16s of Aviano’s 510th and 555th Fighter Squadrons will have cockpits and external lighting that are fully compatible with NVGs, thanks to a modification called the night vision imaging systems, or NVIS.

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