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(WATCH) US Air Force pilot compares flying F-16 to the newer F-35 fighter jet

F-35 JSF
July 20, 2017

The U.S. Air Force General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is one of the most beloved aircraft ever created.

The second most common currently operational military aircraft in the world, as of 2015, the F-16 has also been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations.

Bottom line, the Fighting Falcon is the most predominant fighter jet in the world, and the first love of many fighter jet pilots who have earned their wings in the last 25 years or so.

However, times changed and technology evolved.

F-16 Pilot

To stay the best, you must stay one step ahead of everybody.

That’s what U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Maj. Jayson “Vato” Rickard from the 419th Fighter Wing explains, about why he decided to move on from his beloved F-16 Fighting Falcon into the new and more technologically advanced Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II JSF.

A man with a vision, he explains how it feels to fly in two of the most dominant and important fighter jets in the history of the U.S. Air Force.

F-35 JSF Pilot