The last operational F-16 is set to leave Hill AFB, Utah, in September, as the wing completes its transition to the F-35A. Hill F-16s have mainly been reassigned to Holloman AFB to join the ‘Viper’ training units there.
TSgt Shawn Delaware and SSgt Brandon Turner, both aircraft structural maintainers assigned to the 388th Maintenance Squadron, recently completed work on the tail of 87-354/HL in preparation for the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings’ ‘Viper Out’ ceremony.
The design had to incorporate ‘38’ for the number of years the F-16 was in service at Hill AFB, and the years it was here, 1979-2017.
Delaware commented: ‘This is the last that Hill will see the F-16, so [spectators] should see it and give it respect. [The tail] shows that we have done our 38 years of flying and missions and maintenance. It shows that Hill was honored to do so. Even though we are transitioning to the F-35, the F-16 isn’t going away unsung.’