Aviano Gets New Static Display

Officials with the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB, Italy, unveiled a new F-16 static display for the base on May 29. The aircraft was one of the 34 F-16s supplied to the Italian air force as part of the Peace Caesar Program in 2003, according to Aviano officials. Italy acquired the F-16s to bridge the gap until its Eurofighter Typhoons were in place. The NATO ally recently returned the last of the F-16s. Aviano officials said approximately 4,125 manhours were needed to decommission the F-16 for its display role, including sanding and painting it and removing its egress seat and gun. (Aviano photo caption by A1C Briana Jones)