F-16 fighters back in the air after being grounded following crash

A sortie of four two-seater F-16V fighter jets took off from Chiayi Airforce Base this morning, marking a return to the air for F-16 fleet after being grounded for inspection following a crash January 11.

The squadron was led by Major General Wei Zhaolin, in a morale-boosting return to combat readiness, Air Force Command said.

All F-16’s, including standard and upgraded F-16V (BLOCK 20), in both single and two-seat configurations are now returned to flight service, AFC said.

In the nine days the fleet was grounded, infringements by Chinese military aircraft into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone were dealt with using Mirage and IDF fighter jets.

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