Iraqi Air Force Gets F-16 from Lockheed Martin

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    The Iraqi Air Force accepted its first of 36 F-16s at a ceremony Thursday morning in Fort Worth. Lockheed Martin made the F-16s, which are flown all over the world. The company said it’s a tremendous honor to help rebuild the Iraqi Air Force.

    The Iraqi Air Force accepted its first of 36 F-16s at a ceremony Thursday morning in Fort Worth.

    Lockheed Martin made the F-16s, which are flown all over the world. The company said it’s a tremendous honor to help rebuild the Iraqi Air Force.

    “From my view, this is a once in a lifetime career opportunity to be vested with this kind of responsibility,” said Orland Carvalho, Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President.

    Ambassadors from Iraq said they are confident the F-16s will help them protect their borders and fight terrorism.

    This is also the 40th anniversary for the F-16s.

    Since production started on this aircraft, Lockheed Martin officials said the F-16 has evolved quite a bit. To this day, they call it the backbone of the U.S. Air Force.

    Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 4,500 F-16s all over the world.

    Company officials said they will continue to produce the aircraft and make improvements through 2017.