F-16 Training Base Opens In Romania


An F-16 training base that will teach Ukrainian pilots opened Monday in Romania. The school is at a Romanian air force base in Fetesti. Romania’s defense ministry said the facility will train pilots from Ukraine and “other partners” but didn’t specify who those other pilots might be. Most NATO countries are parking their fourth-generation fighters and upgrading to F-35s, including Romania. The aircraft to be used in Romania are being donated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, which has already equipped with the F-35.

The U.S. has a major stake in the school. Lockheed Martin is supplying the instructors and maintenance for the Dutch aircraft. Kathleen Kavalec, the U.S. ambassador to Romania, said the facility is an “example of how the public and private sectors can cooperate to further our defense priorities.” She said the U.S. is committed to the initiative. “I am here with one simple message,” she said. “The United States government is here to support in any way we can.”

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. Had to scroll down for the predictable comments. Sounds like 1939 all over again here. Too bad they don’t teach history in schools anymore.

    • If by you mean supplying one side in Europe while also putting our naval assets in harms way of their allies , then yea. WW III. I was hoping for just a Vietnam but you make a great point.