PAF delegation tours F-16 facilities, experiences familiarization flight

A delegation from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was hosted by 113th Wing District of Columbia Air National Guard at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland in July 2019.

113th Wing DC Air National Guard photo

“During this visit, the delegation was able to tour the F-16 facilities and experience an F-16 familiarization flight,” said the 113th Wing also known as Capital Guardians.

“This visit follows the Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange- Philippines, or BACE-P, deployment earlier this year. During this deployment, 113th Wing members worked closely with our PAF partners,” it added.

In February this year, F-16 Fighting Falcons under the 113th Wing visited Philippines for Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P).

113th Wing DC Air National Guard photo

“Having the F-16 fighter allowed us to interact with our PAF partners along with their FA-50s and in turn helped to strengthen our interoperability and training with a key partner,” Colonel Christopher Faurot, BACE-P 13th Expeditionary Air Squadron commander said in February.

In addition to interfly training between the USAF F-16s and the PAF FA-50s, Airmen conducted subject matter expert exchanges on topics to include crash recovery, communications, flightline, and maintenance back-shop operations, concluding with a large force exercise on the last day.