The F-16 Fighting Falcon was produced by General Dynamics who became Lockheed who then merged with Martin Marietta to become Lockheed Martin. The F-16 entered service in January 1979 as a multi-role jet fighter that evolved into an all-weather multi-role aircraft capable of sustaining 9-g turns. The F-16 is relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain so the U.S. and 25 other countries added it to their inventory. The Fighting Falcon is referred to by its pilots as the Viper and will remain in USAF service until 2025.
Lockheed F-16A 87-0055 was delivered to the Belgian Air Force April 12, 1989 as FA-111. In 1999 - 2000 the aircraft under went the MLU (Mid-Life Upgrade). In July 2011 the aircraft was transferred to Jordan and joined the RJAF 1 Squadron as # 155 (???) along with # 161 (???). The Jordanian F-16s were acquired from 3 different sources and will equip the 1st , 2nd and 6th Squadrons located at As Shaheed Muwaffaq al Salti AB. Each aircraft serial will begin with their respective squadron number.