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Iraqi general visits Luke Air Force Base flies in F-16.

[This article originally appeared in Air Force Print News Today, December 17, 2008.]


Ten years ago, Iraqi air force The Iraqi Air Force or IQAF (Arabic: Al Quwwat al Jawwiya al Iraqiya) is the military branch in Iraq responsible for aerial operations. The IQAF also acts as a support force for the Iraqi Coastal Defense Force and the New Iraqi Army, and the predecessors of those  Brigadier General Ali Al-Aaragy was flying Mirage fighters for his country's air force. This week, he was flying in a 63rd Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon The F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin for the United States Air Force. Designed as a lightweight fighter, it evolved into a successful multirole aircraft. .

"It was a dream come true to fly in the F-16," the General said after his flight piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Jack Maixner, 63rd Fighter Squadron (FS) Commander, December 15, 2008.

The General, who works as his country's air force advisor to the Minister of Defense, said the purpose of his visit to Luke Air Force Base Luke Air Force Base (IATA: LUF, ICAO: KLUF) is a large Air Force Base located west of Phoenix on the outskirts of the city of Glendale, Arizona.

It has eight squadrons of F-16 Fighting Falcons and it is used to train pilots flying Sorties at Barry M.
 was to enhance the relationship and partnership between the Iraqi air force and the U.S. Air Force, as well as to see the current developments in training and fighter aircraft fighter aircraft

Aircraft designed primarily to secure control of essential airspace by destroying enemy aircraft in combat. Designed for high speed and maneuverability, they are armed with weapons capable of striking other aircraft in flight.
 for possible procurement by his country's government.

The General spent about ten days in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , first visiting Randolph Air Force Base Randolph Air Force Base (Randolph AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located in Universal City, Texas, near San Antonio. Randolph AFB was dedicated in June 20, 1930, as a flying training base and continues in that mission today. It serves as headquarters of the U. , Texas, where he flew in the T-6 Texan This article is about the first T-6 Texan. For the newer Beech aircraft, see T-6 Texan II.

The T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft designed by North American Aviation, used to train fighter pilots of the United States Army Air Forces,
 and T-38 Talon, two aircraft he hopes will soon be entering the Iraqi air force's inventory.

Aside from the F-16 flight which he described as "amazing," the Iraqi leader spoke with Brigedier General Kurt Neubauer Kurt Neubauer (March 27, 1899 - November 9, 1923) was an early member of the Nazi Party and one of the first Nazis who was killed in Hitler's failed Beer Hall Putsch. He worked as a valet. Adolf Hitler dedicated Mein Kampf to him and 15 others. , 56th Fighter Wing Commander, who explained how Luke is organized, managed, and operates. This, General Ali said, was one of the most impressive aspects of the U.S. Air Force he learned about during his trip.
   I like how each air base is different and was surprised to see how
   they are managed, he said. I would like to copy these air bases and
   place them in Iraq.

Not only was the General impressed with the way Air Force bases are managed, but partnership with local communities was another factor which he said was an impressive aspect of the U.S. Air Force.

General Ali, who himself has 2,000 hours in the French-made Mirage F-1 fighter, praised the Air Force and what it has done for his country and air force in Iraq.
   Our cooperation with the Coalition Air Force Training Teams has led
   Iraq to be able to protect the infrastructure, fight terrorists and
   insurgents, and protect Iraq's sovereignty, he said. The Iraqi
   people know that terrorism is a threat to Iraq, and right now the
   Iraqi army and air force enjoy good cooperation with the people in
   regard to reporting suspicious activities.

After his visit to Luke, the General was scheduled to return to Iraq, bringing photos and videos of his trip to not only show his government, but also the Iraqi people, the capabilities, partnership, and friendship the U.S. Air Force is giving Iraq.
   I want to thank the U.S. Air Force for how they are helping us and
   trying to push the Iraqi air force forward, General Ali
   said. We are working together as one team to rebuild the Iraqi air

The photos and videos shot by Airmen from the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base Charleston Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The host wing is the 437th Airlift Wing, which includes four airlift squadrons, an operations group, a maintenance directorate, a mission support group, and a medical group.
, South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures

Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15.
 are to be aired on Iraqi national television January 6, 2009 for the Iraqi Armed Forces Day.
   Through our television channels, we will be able to show the people
   how the U.S. Air Force is working with us to build a new Iraqi air
   force, the General said.

By Second Lieutenant Bryan Bouchard, USAF

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Date:Mar 1, 2009
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