The first six of 21 F-16 fighters will depart Spangdahlem AFB, Germany, April 27, 2010, as part of USAF's 2010 legacy fighter drawdown. The next increment, another six, will leave April 30, 2010, with all 21 slated to depart by the end of May 2010. The Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing will receive 20 of the Spang Block 50 aircraft, which are newer models than the Air Guard unit currently flies. The other Spang Viper is destined for Edwards AFB, Calif. Here, F-16s from the 22nd Fighter Squadron, one of the 52nd Fighter Wing's two F-16 squadrons that will merge into a single unit with the drawdown of Vipers at Spangdahlem, line the base flightline.
US Air Force photo/A1C Nathanael Callon
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