First Slovak F-16 Block 70 Arrives at 162nd Wing, Arizona ANG | Aviation

The Arizona Air National Guard has received its first of nine Slovak F-16 Block 70s and will host Slovak Air Force training on the type.

On June 13, 2024, Morris Air National Guard Base, Arizona, situated at Tucson International Airport, welcomed its first Slovak Air Force F-16 Block 70 “Viper”. The base’s host unit, the 162nd Wing, has been training the initial Slovak cadre on F-16 operations for two years.

“The cadre of Slovakian F-16 pilots underwent an initial basic course covering air-to-air and air-to-ground tactics,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Hodges, squadron commander when Slovakian cadre of pilots started in a public release. “After they completed the basic course, they then seasoned and built the hours required for the Flight Lead upgrade and some continuing to season for the instructor pilot upgrade to be able to go back to Slovakia and start their own F-16 operations.”

Morris ANGB is set to receive up to nine Slovak-owned F-16 Block 70s.

The 162nd Wing has trained eleven…

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