After losing deal to Rafale, US makes low-key presence with F16

After losing the deal for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft to French company Dassault’s Rafale, US presence at the Aero India 2013 in Bangalore has been quite low key.
Its marquee F16, piloted by Chris Nations, flew just once and was later part of the static display at the Aero India. “At all air shows we have been showcasing F-16’s proven capabilities and will certainly attract attention,” Chris Nations, told Business Line on the tarmac at the Yelahanka Air Station.
“We are from the demo team and our job is to take our fighter jets around the Asia-Pacific region during air shows such as Aero India to impress buyers,” he added.
“The pilots of our team are chosen after a minimum of 750 hours of flying experience in the US Air Force and there is a rigorous test and competition within the team.
10/02/13 Anil Urs/Business Line

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