The Falcon BMS team congratulates to the 50th anniversary of the F-16.
Long live the Falcon!
The first flight of the F-16 was not initially planned but resulted from a high-speed taxi test. Phil Oestricher, the test pilot, was conducting the taxi test when he decided to continue accelerating. Due to a combination of factors, including a slush-covered runway and a lack of braking action, the aircraft became airborne, and Oestricher decided to take it into the air. This unplanned event occurred on January 20, 1974, and marked the first flight of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.