US Air Force F-16s takeoff from PHL’s Basa Air Base

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United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons deployed from Kunsan Air Base, South Korea have conducted flight operations from Cesar Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Philippines for the seventh iteration of Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) which kicked off January 18.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed from Kunsan Air Base, Korea, takes off during the Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Philippines, Jan. 22, 2019. US Air Force photo

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.

According to US Pacific Air Forces, this iteration of BACE-P is remarkable for its incorporation of fighter aircraft which include interfly with Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s FA-50s .


“Through this engagement, our bilateral forces will increase their interoperability and deepen relationships, which ultimately supports maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said US Air Force Colonel Christopher Faurot, PACAF BACE-P senior officer-in-charge.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed from Kunsan Air Base, Korea, takes off during the Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Philippines, Jan. 21, 2019. US Air Force photo

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


U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zack Turner, 113th Maintenance Squadron aircraft weapons systems mechanic, salutes a pilot before takeoff during the Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Philippines, Jan. 22, 2019. US Air Force photo