US F-16 Block 52 joins Egypt’s Air Forces
Published 2015-07-31 12:20:39| Amwal Al Ghad English
Egyptian Military Forces received eight F-16 Block 52 aircrafts from the United States on Friday joining the already existing US-made fleet of F-16s. Celebrating them, the Mlitary Forces announced that the newly-arrived aircrafts will fly above the Egyptian lands at 4 pm.
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