PICTURE: Iraqi Air Force F-16 Flies For First Time

The first Iraqi Air Force F-16 makes its inaugural flight from Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth, Texas, plant. (Lockheed Martin photo)

The first Iraqi Air Force F-16 makes its inaugural flight from Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, assembly plant. (Lockheed Martin photo)

The Iraqi Air Force’s first F-16 fighter took to the skies over Fort Worth, Texas, this week. The Block-52 model aircraft is the first of 36 ordered by the Iraqis.

From a Lockheed Martin statement:

With more than 4,540 F-16s delivered to date, the Foreign Military Sale to Iraq adds to the F-16’s reputation as the world’s most versatile and affordable 4th generation multi-role fighter. Lockheed Martin’s F-16 production line is expected to continue through 2017, with major upgrades being incorporated for all F-16 versions.

In addition to the 36 F-16s, Iraq is also purchasing 24 Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 light-attack aircraft. A version of the T-50 trainer, the jet is jointly built by KAI and Lockheed.

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