The South Carolina and Colorado Air National Guard, Belgian air force and Mideast air forces operating the F-16 have been participating in Falcon Air Meet 2009 from Mwaffaq Salti air base close to Azraq, Jordan, since 18 October.
Image courtesy of Belgian air force
F-16s from the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing, Belgian air force's 349 Squadron, and Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) were among the participants in the event, which included scramble launches, aerial combat, weapons loading, and inert and live bomb drops. The Colorado Air National Guard's 140th Wing provided judges for the event, which for the first time since it was first held in 2006 included joint tactical air controllers and special forces members.
USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, SCANG
In addition to scored events, participants trained jointly in basic fighter maneuvers, air combat training, and large force employment, as well as overall sortie generation. The Belgian air force considers Falcon Air Meet an opportunity to gain experience in a less familiar region whose landscape and weather conditions are like those in Afghanistan, where it has deployed F-16s.
Belgium sold excess F-16s to Jordan and the Royal Falcons, the RJAF's aerobatic team, has been participating in Belgian air shows over the last few years.
Falcon Air Meet ends on 4 November.