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  9/27/2012, Tishrei 11, 5773

All IAF F-16C/D 'Lightning' Jets Back in the Air


The Israel Air Force Website reported, Thursday, that the entire fleet of F-16 Barak (Lightning) series fighter jets returned to full service this week, three months after a motor malfunction forced two of the planes to land at the Ramat David base in the Galilee. A thorough examination of the aircraft revealed that part of the air-intake coating had peeled off because of the heat and damaged the engine.

The planes were grounded for training but available for missions while maintenance crews replaced the defective coating with something more durable.