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Teamwork's F-16 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force just after his "Touch & Go", during the airshow "Air 04" in Payerne - Switzerland.

Over the years, the F-16 has become one of the largest and most successful military aircraft in aviation history. And nowadays, although it is more than 30 years old, it keeps again all its freshness with a stunning look and a great aerodynamic. This fighter is always in production (today more than 4300 copies in 24 countries) and benefit from technological innovations permanently. It is to date one of the least costly modern fighters. Its price is about $24 millions. With an average operating cost of $2,200 per hour of flight, the F-16 is always more cheaper than for instance the $4,500 of the F/A-18, $4,300 for the Gripen, or over $20,000 for the Tornado.

The F-16 fleet in the world totalizes over 6,000,000 hours of flight time. A good 15% of that total were missions flown under risk, with around 50,000 combat missions, including more than 30,000 air-to-air and air-to-ground combat sorties. The F-16 Fighting Falcon has accumulated 74 air-to-air kills with no air-to-air losses except for one fratricide loss by the Pakistani Air Force when an missile switched-lock onto a wingman.

The F-16 has been in continuous combat operations around the globe since 1981. Of 74 kills achieved by the F-16 in the world, 47 are accredited to the Israeli forces. In 1982, F-16s played a key role in Operation "Drugstore", an attack on Syrian missiles sites in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Numerous missiles sites were attacked and destroyed, and fierce air battles with Syrian fighters took place. A total of 92 Syrian aircrafts (more than 30% of total Syrian inventory) were shot down, and Israeli F-16s achieved a victories ratio of 44-0.

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Shot cropped + applying of a Neatimage filter to remove the noise in the sky.

f9, 1/800s, ISO 200, +0EV, 450mm (300mm x 1.5).
JPEG Quality : 95/100.

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