Lockheed Martin F-16B(M)

Lockheed Martin F-16BM FB-21

General Dynamics (Lockheed-Martin) F-16B(M) Fighting Falcon

Single-engine two-seat combat/trainer aircraft

 On 5 May 1977 the Belgian Government signed an initial contract for 116 General Dynamics (Lockheed) F-16 fighters. This number included 20 F-16B fully combat capable twin seater trainers. A second F-16 order for 44 additional aircraft signed in February 1983 also included a further four B models. The twin seaters are mainly used by the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) based at Kleine Brogel, but all the other combat units are using F-16B's on regular basis.  As with the single seaters, all active B models have been upgraded to the latest MLU standards, thus becoming F-16BM's. Of the initial 24 twin-seaters 15 remain in service and all are MLU upgraded.


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Serial US Serial Date In Date Out History
FB-01 6J-1 Jan 1979 Jan 2006 78-0162, FB-01, "10 years F-16 1989" tail marking, FS, MLU, storage Sabca Gosselies, Storage Weelde, , transferred to Royal Joranian Air Force as "136" .
FB-02 6J-2 Jun 1979 Nov 2008 78-0163, FB-02, "10 Years OCU 1997" tail marking, MLU, , transferred to Royal Joranian Air Force as "137".
FB-03 6J-3 Jun 1979 Apr 1994 78-0164, FB-03, storage Weelde, Royal Technical School Saffraanberg - instructional airframe.
FB-04 6J-4 Nov 1979 Sep 2008 78-0165, FB-04, MLU, transferred to Royal Joranian Air Force as "138".
FB-05 6J-5 Jan 1980 Jul 2011 78-0166, FB-05, "FS", MLU, transferred to Royal Joranian Air Force as "159".
FB-06 6J-6 Apr 1980 Jul 1989 78-0167, FB-06, 14 Jul 1989 Crashed at Saint-Hubert due to engine problems.
FB-07 6J-7 Apr 1980 Jun 2003 78-0168, FB-07, storage Weelde, processed at Rocourt.
FB-08 6J-8 Jul 1980 Jan 2006 78-0169, FB-08, "BL", MLU, storage Sabca Gosselies, Storage Weelde, transferred to Royal Joranian Air Force as "139".
FB-09 6J-9 Oct 1980 Jul 2011 78-0170, FB-09, MLU, transferred to Royal Joranian Air Force as "160".
FB-10 6J-10 Feb 1981 Jul 2011 78-0171, FB-10, MLU, transferred to Royal Joranian Air Force as "161".
FB-11 6J-11 Sep 1981 Jun 1993 78-0172, FB-11, crashed near Marche-en-Famenne on 23 Jun 1993
FB-12 6J-12 Feb 1982 active 78-0173, FB-12, "350 Sqn. Ambiorix 1986" tail marking, FS, MLU
FB-13 6J-13 Nov 1982 Jan 1992 80-3558, FB-13, Crashed at Euskirchen (D.) on 09 Jan 1992.
FB-14 6J-14 Jan 1983 active 80-3589, FB-14, MLU
FB-15 6J-16 Jan 1983 active 80-3590, FB-15, "B-Flight 1991" tail marking, MLU
FB-16 6J-16 Jan 1983 Sep 1084 80-3591, FB-16, fatal crash at Helchteren's "Pampa Range" on 10 Sep 1984
FB-17 6J-17 Mar 1983 active 80-3592, FB-17, MLU
FB-18 6J-18 Apr 1983 active 80-3593, FB-18, "50 Years 1Wing/OCU 1996" tail marking, "20 Years OCU" tail marking, MLU, Test Aircraft MLU M6.1
FB-19 6J-19 May 1983 Apr 2002 80-3594, FB-19, "B-Flight 1993" tail marking, MLU, crashed at Sellingen (Nl.) after collision with ULM PH-3G8.
FB-20 6J-20 Jun 1983 active 80-3595, FB-20, MLU
FB-21 6J-21 Mar 1989 active 87-0001, FB-21, MLU
FB-22 6J-22 Jun 1989 active 88-0048, FB-22, MLU
FB-23 6J-23 Jun 1990 active 88-0012, FB-23, MLU
FB-24 6J-24 Jun 1990 active 89-0012, FB-24, MLU, "15 years OCU 2002" tail marking, "25 years f16/OCU 2004" tail marking
 

 

 

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