17 April 2014
F-16C ex USAF (photo : Christopher Ebdon)
Indonesia’s Air Force Chief of Staff visits Hill
April 4-5, Air Chief Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia visited Hill Air Force Base to receive a program status briefing from the F-16 International Branch and a Depot Production Line status briefing from 573rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
Putu Dunia was able to tour the F-16 production line where 13 Indonesia F-16C and D models are currently in various stages of repair and upgrade.
He expressed his appreciation to the men and women in the U.S. Air Force and especially those actively working the regeneration program. The aircraft were recently shipped to the depot from long-term storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.
During his visit, Putu Dunia observed the enormous quantity of work being accomplished to complete new cockpit wiring, Falcon Star structural modifications, bulkhead inspections and repairs, and avionics upgrades.
He also met with senior officials from the F-16 System Program Office and Ogden Air Logistics Complex.
Team Hill’s leadership assured Putu Dunia of the commitment to the program to deliver high-quality aircraft to the government of Indonesia.
The first F-16 Indonesia C model aircraft is expected to begin ground and flight tests April 14-18 to enable the first ferry cell flight of four aircraft to Indonesia in July 2014. This is a major milestone in the program.
(Hill Top Times)