US F-16s, PHL FA-50s conduct bilateral sortie

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United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and Philippine Air Force FA-50s have conducted bilateral training sortie as part of the Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) which officially kicked off January 18 at Cesar Basa Air Base, Philippines. 

US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots pose alongside Philippine Air Force FA-50 pilots after flying a bilateral training sortie during Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P). PACAF photo
US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots pose alongside Philippine Air Force FA-50 pilots after flying a bilateral training sortie during Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P). PACAF photo

This BACE-P is the seventh iteration since it was established by US Pacific Command and executed by Headquarters Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).

“Incorporating the F-16 into this iteration of operations will allow for air-to-air and air-to-ground interplay training with the PAF’s FA-50s,” PACAF said.

US Air Force F-16s, aircrew, maintenance and support personnel deployed from Kunsan Air Base, Korea to Basa Air Base, Philippines for the said exchange to fly and train with Philippine counterparts.

In addition to interfly training, subject matter expert exchanges on intelligence, flightline, and maintenance backshop operations were also held.