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New F-16s arrive

August 31, 2009
From wikipedia, an F-16 Fighting Falcon performs during the 2009 Paris Air Show.

From wikipedia, an F-16 Fighting Falcon performs during the 2009 Paris Air Show.

Three of the 30 warplanes Greece ordered from the US arrived on Monday. Greece received ten planes earlier this year and will receive 17 more in the coming months.

Greece also holds the option of purchasing ten more planes bringing the possible total cost to about 2.2 billion euros.

One of the planes, which will arrive from Lockheed Martin’s plant in Ft. Worth Texas, was flown by col. Steven Speckhard, brother of US ambassador Daniel Speckhard.

Defense Industry Daily called the Greek purchase “a blow to the Euro Fighter.” Greece did scrap a nearly 5 billion euro contract in favor of the more affordable F-16s.

And now for your viewing pleasure, this is allegedly a Greek F-16 intercepting…a Turkish F-16.

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