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.
The Greek Government had considered purchasing the Eurofighter Typhoon but in 2005 opted to purchase the F-16. Under the Peace Xenia IV agreement 20 new Block 52 F-16Cs and 10 Block 52 F-16Ds would be delivered between 2009 and 2010. F-16C 06-0002 was the second C variant to be delivered to the 336 Sq “Olympos” of 116 CW, the oldest and most famous squadron in Greece. The 336th began receiving their F-16s in 2014 making them the last HAF squadron to fly the A-7 Corsair.