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Blue Fox, fangs out

An F-16C Block 30D Fighting Falcon aircraft from the Air Force’s 18th Aggressor Squadron soars through the air during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 19, 2019. Aerial training took place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which is comprised of approximately 67,000 square miles of airspace. This Viper (serial no. 86270) entered service in 1987 with the 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, West Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider)
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‘Ghost’ Viper

An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet assigned to the 64th Aggressors Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit sits on the flightline at Nellis Air Force base, Nev., May 21, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C. Bryan Guthrie)
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Texas Air National Guard unit’s historical paint scheme

An F-16C Fighting Falcon from the Texas Air National Guard's 111th Fighter Squadron flies with a special paint job in honor of the squadron’s 90th anniversary. All the colors and markings have specific meanings, reflecting the unit’s nine-decade history. The rudder is painted like a JN-4 Jenny, which the squadron flew in the 1920s. The schemes for the wings and flaps recall the paint schemes of the pre-World War II era. The blue fuselage represents the Korean War, in which the squadron earned credit for two air victories. The gray underside represents the jet age. The "N5 A" was the insignia the squadron’s P-51 Mustangs sported during World War II, in which the squadron claimed 44 air victories. Also representing World War II is the star on the fuselage, while the star on the wing represents the pre-World War II era. "Ace in the Hole" and the star on the tail replicate the markings of the squadron’s F-84s during the Korean War. The ventral fin, partially obscured, reads "Est. 1917." Today the 111th FS is part of the 147th Fighter Wing, based on Ellington Field in Houston. (Photo courtesy of John Dibbs)
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Israeli F-16 Flameout Landing

The Israeli F-16I "Sufa"
The Israeli F-16I "Sufa"

A technical failure forced the crew of Israel’s newest fighter, the F-16I “Sufa” (Storm) to land without engine.

The Sufa is built by Lockheed Martin in the U.S. based on Israeli specifications. The bulges above the wings are conformal fuel tanks, which increase internal fuel capacity by 50%. The box on the rear of the fuselage is an advanced electronic warfare systems.

The crew made an emergency landing at the Ramon Israeli Air Force base in southern Israel. No casualties or damage were reported.

View the video here.