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  The New Zealand Government announced on December 1st, 1998, that it would lease-buy the 28 Pakistani F-16s which had been kept in storage at the AMARC at Davis-Monthan AFB to replace New Zealand's remaining 19 A-4K Skyhawks.

The aircraft were stored at AMARC in 1990 as a direct result of an embargo against Pakistan due to tensions between Pakistan and India. Pakistan had originally paid Lockheed-Martin for the aircaft in 1990, but the US Congress blocked delivery over concerns about that country's developing nuclear capacity. The aircraft were put into flyable hold for 5 years, during which time 85% of each aircraft's fuel system was preserved with JP-9, and each aircraft had its engine run once every 45 days. As a result, most of those aircraft had more engine run time than airtime, the latter being only 6 hours. This low air-time figure, plus the fact that these aircraft are the most modern F-16A/Bs ever built, is one of reasons why New Zealand decided to buy these second-hand F-16s. The aircraft were also thoroughly inspected to ensure that they were still in a technically sound condition.

New Zealand's government cexpected to make a signifigant savings by leasing the aircraft. The 10-year lease for the F-16A/B block 15OCU fighters costs about NZ$200 million (USD$105 million) and save NZ$431 million over the cost of buying new planes in the next century. The government opted to acquire the F-16s under a lease-buy deal, with payments spread over 10 years and delivery starting in 30 months.

In 2002 the newly elected New Zealand government decided to abandon the plans to replace the A-4K with the Pakistani F-16s disband the RNZAF's Air Combat capability.

If delivered, the aircraft would have been operated by 75 Squadron at Ohakea and No. 2 Squadron detachment based at Nowra, NSW in Australia providing air attack training for the Royal Australian Navy.

In 2002, with the New Zealand deal fallen through, the US finally stopped trying to sell the aircraft and decided to assign them to the USAF for test duties and the US Navy to fill the Aggressor role. After the demise of the (T)F-16N aggressor force, the US Navy lacked a high-performance aggressor aircraft. Because of the low airframe life of the embargoed Pakistani F-16s, these airframes were ideally suited for the demanding aggressor role. The 28 aircraft were thus evenly split between the USAF and the US Navy.

After an improvement in relations beween the US and Pakistani governments it was decided to redeliver these aircraft to Pakistan.

On March 25th, 2005, the US Government announced that it had agreed to Pakistan's request to sell new F-16s. Initially, Pakistan requested an additional 24 new Block 50/52 F-16C/Ds (with option for as much as 55 aircraft).

As a sign of good gesture, the US agreed to supply Pakistan with a number of F-16s who where build under the Peace Gate III/IV programs.

Finally, after long series of negotiations, on September 30th, 2006 the contract was signed between the Pakistani and US government for the acquisition of 18 new F-16C/D block 52 aircraft and an option for another 18 more. In the deal the re-delivery of the 26 remaining Peace Gate III/IV aircraft was also agreed and the upgrade of those aircraft - and the remaining F-16A/B fleet - to MLU standards.

This order was granted and given a new FMS name "Peace Drive" at Pakistan's request since Peace Gate had too much negative attention since the embargo
.

Deliveries of these 26 airframes to Pakistan commenced in 2008.

 
     
 
NZ.Serial. Aircraft.Type.... Const.No. USAF.Serial. PAF. Serial. Aircraft history
NZ6521 F-16A-15AM OCU DG-1 90-0942 91729 30 November 1991 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 91729
Embargoed
20 April 1992
To AMARC as AAFG0003.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002
1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
December 2002 To
US Navy as BuNo 900942
To NSAWC
January 2008 Noted at NAS Fallon marked with bort number "50".

Highlight for Album: F-16A 90-0942

NZ6522 F-16A-15AM OCU DG-2 90-0943 92730 26 February 1992 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 92730
Embargoed
10 April 1992 To AMARC as AAFG0001.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

To US Navy as BuNo 900943.
To NSAWC
Marked with bort number '51'.

Highlight for Album: F-16A 90-0943

NZ6523 F-16A-15AM OCU DG-3 90-0944 92731 31 January 1991 or Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 92731
Embargoed
21 May 1992 To AMARC as FG0004.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

December 2002 To US Navy as BuNo 900944
To NSAWC Marked with bort number "53".

Highlight for Album: F-16A 90-0944

NZ6524 F-16A-15AM OCU DG-4 90-0945 92732 03 April 1992 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 92732
Embargoed
21 May 1992 To AMARC as FG0005.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

December 2002 To US Navy as BuNo 900945
To NSAWC Marked with bort number "54".

Highlight for Album: F-16A 90-0945
NZ6524 (ntu)

NZ6525 F-16A-15AM OCU DG-5 90-0946 92733

30 June 1992 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 92733
Embargoed
16 July 1992 T
o AMARC as AAFG0006. 
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

To US Navy as BuNo 900946

To NSAWC Marked with bort number "55".

Highlight for Album: F-16A 90-0946

NZ6526 F-16A-15AM OCU DG-6 90-0947 92734 11 September 1992 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 92734
Embargoed
22 September 1992 To AMARC as AAFG0009. 
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To
USAF as 90-0947.
To 416 FLTS at Edwards AFB for flight test support & test pilot training.
November 2004 To
US Navy as BuNo 900947.

To NSAWC Marked with bort number "56".

Highlight for Album: F-16A 90-0947

NZ6527 F-16A-15AQ OCU DG-7 92-0404 92735 30 April 1993 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92735
Embargoed.
23 June 1993 To ARMC as AAFG0010.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

January 2003 To USAF as 92-0404.
To 416 FLTS at Edwards AFB for flight test support & test pilot training.
November 2004 To US Navy as BuNo 920404.
To N
SAWC Marked with bort number '57'.

Highlight for Album: F-16A 92-0404

NZ6528 F-16A-15AQ OCU DG-8 92-0405 92736
92729
30 June 1993 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92736
Embargoed
25 June 1993 To ARMC as AAFG0011.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 92-0405.
To 416 FLTS at Edwards AFB for flight test support & test pilot training.
March 2005 to 40 FLTS.
Noted with Let's Roll decal applied just behind the canopy.
13 December 2005 To PAF as 92729
17 July 2009 The aircraft was on a routine night training mission when it crashed close to village of NurPur, 105km south west of Sargodha.
The pilot, Squadron Leader Saud Ghulam Nabi, was killed.

Highlight for Album: F-16A 92-0405

NZ6529 F-16A-15AQ OCU DG-9 92-0406 92737
92730
06 August 1993 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92737
Embargoed
21 September 1993 To ARMC as AAFG0034.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 92-0406.
To 416 FLTS at Edwards AFB
for flight test support & test pilot training.
13 December 2005 To PAF as 92730.

Highlight for Album: F-16A 92-0406

NZ6530 F-16A-15AQ OCU DG-10 92-0407 92738 18 August 1993 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92738
Embargoed
28 September 1993 To ARMC as AAFG0036.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

January 2003 To USAF as 92-0407.
To 416 FLTS at Edwards AFB for flight test support & test pilot training.

Highlight for Album: F-16A 92-0407

NZ6531 F-16A-15AQ OCU DG-11 92-0408 92739 26 August 1993 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92739
Embargoed
29 September 1993 To AMARC as AAFG0037.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

December 2002 To US Navy as BuNo 920408.
To NSAWC
Marked with bort number "52".

Highlight for Album: F-16A 92-0408

NZ6532 F-16A-15AR OCU DG-12 92-0409 92740 28 October 1993 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92740
Embargoed
20 December 1993 To AMARC as AAFG0039.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

December 2002 To US Navy as BuNo 920409.
To NSAWC Marked with bort number "60".

Highlight for Album: F-16A 92-0409

NZ6533 F-16A-15AR OCU DG-13 92-0410 92741 30 November 1993 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92741
Embargoed
21 December 1993 To AMARC as AAFG0040.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

December 2002 To US Navy as BuNo 920410.
To NSAWC Marked with bort number "61".

Highlight for Album: F-16A 92-0410

NZ6541 F-16B-15AM OCU DH-1 90-0948 90613 21 February 1992 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 90613.
Embargoed
10 April 1992 To AMARC as AAFG0002. 
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 90-0948.

Departed AMARC to Lockheed Martin by Sep 2003,for use as a flight test chase plane.
10 July 2007 To PAF as 90613.
To 9 Sqn, PAF.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 90-0948

NZ6542 F-16B-15AM OCU DH-2 90-0949 90614 21 August 1992 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 90614.
Embargoed
04 September 1992 To AMARC as AAFG0008. 
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 90-0949.
Departed
 AMARC to 40th FLTS by Oct 2003. 
To 40 FLTS
Used for flight test support & test pilot training.
February 2008 To Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth, Texas in preperation for Pakistan.
28 July 2008 To PAF as 90614.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 90-0949

NZ6543 F-16B-15AM OCU DH-3 90-0950 90615 31 July 1992 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 90615.
Embargoed
01 September 1992 To AMARC as AAFG0007. 
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 90-0950.
To 40 FLTS
Used for flight test support & test pilot training.

28 June 2008 To PAF as 90615.
To 9 Sqn, PAF.
To 11 Sqn, PAF.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 90-0950

NZ6544 F-16B-15AM OCU DH-4 90-0951 90616 31 July 1993 For Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 92616.
Embargoed
23 August 1993 To AMARC as AAFG0025. 
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
Jan 2003 To USAF as 90-0951.
To 40 FLTS  for flight test support & test pilot training.
10 July 2007 To PAF as 90616.
To 9 Sqn, PAF.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 90-0951

NZ6545 F-16B-15AM OCU
F-16B-20 MLU
DH-5 90-0952 92617 06 August 1993 For Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate III as 92617.
Embargoed.
27 September 1993
To AMARC as AAFG0035. 
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 90-0952.
Delivered to Edwards AFB Flight Test Center for test work in Jan 2003.
October 1993 To 416 FLTS.
28 June 2008 To PAF as 92617.
Upgraded to F-16B Block 20 MLU.

08 February 2012 to 11 Sqn, PAF.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 90-0952

NZ6546 F-16B-15AQ OCU DH-6 92-0452 92618 12 June 1994 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92618.
Embargoed
25 August 1993 To AMARC as AAFG0026
1998 Ear
marked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 92-0452
To 416 FLTS or flight test support & test pilot training
28 July 2008 To PAF as 92618
To 9 Sqn, PAF.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0452

NZ6547 F-16B-15AR OCU DH-7 92-0453 92619 02 November 1993 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92619.
Embargoed.
02 Dececmber 1993 To AMARC as AAFG0038.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 92-0453.
To 416 FLTS at Edwards AFB
for flight test support & test pilot training.
28 July 2008 To PAF as 92619.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0453

NZ6548 F-16B-15AR OCU DH-8 92-0454 92620 24 February 1994 For Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 92620.
Embargoed.
09 March 1994 To AMARC as AAFG0101.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 92-0454.
To 416 FLTS at Edwards AFB
for flight test support & test pilot training.
28 July 2008 To PAF as 92620.
To 9 Sqn, PAF.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0454

NZ6549 F-16B-15AR OCU DH-9 92-0455 93621 24 February 1994 For Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 93621.
Embargoed
09 March 1994 To AMARC as AAFG0102.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 92-0
455.
To 416 FLTS at Edwards AFB for flight test support & test pilot training.
September 2006 Right main gear wouldn't lock in the down position.
After two hours spent working the problem pilot landed at Edwards AFB, California.
The aircraft skidded down the runway with the right wing on the ground.
The aircraft stopped facing the opposite direction.
Pilot was OK and no ejection was required.
The exact incident date is unclear but was between the 10th and 16th of September 2006.
Repaired soon after incident.
28 July 2008 To PAF as 92621.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0455

NZ6550 F-16B-15AS OCU DH-10 92-0456 94622 14 June 1994 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 94622
E
mbargoed
20 July 1994
To AMARC as AAFG0183.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
To be used as attrition Airframe by RNZAF?
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

January 2003 To USAF as 92-0456.

To 416th FLTS
for flight test support & test pilot training.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0456

NZ6551 F-16B-15AS OCU DH-11 92-0457 94623
92623
22 July 1994 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 94623,
Embargoed
04 August 1994 To AMARC as AAFG0202.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
To be used as attrition Airframe by RNZAF?
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.
January 2003 To USAF as 92-0457.
Used by 412th Test Wing, 416th Flight Test Squadron
for flight test support & test pilot training.
Embargo lifted 2006 and to be delivered to Pakistan.
28 July 2008 To PAF as 92623.
To 9 Sqn, PAF.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0457

NZ6552 F-16B-15AU OCU DH-12 92-0458 94624 22 July 1994 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 94624.
Embargoed
04 October 1994 To AMARC as AAFG0239.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
To be used as attrition Airframe by RNZAF?
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

Dember 2002 To US Navy as BuNo 920458.
To NSAWC Marked with bort number "04".

Noted at NAS Fallon, NV and believed to be in use by VFC-13 in adversary role
.

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0458

NZ6553 F-16B-15AU OCU DH-13 92-0459 94625 29 September 1994 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 94625.
Embargoed
02 November 1994
To AMARC as AAFG0271.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
To be used as attrition Airframe by RNZAF?
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

December 2002 To US Navy
as BuNo 920459.
To NSAWC Marked with bort number "05".

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0459

NZ6554 F-16B-15AU OCU DH-14 92-0460 94626 30 September 1994 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 94626.
Embargoed
01 November 1994 To AMARC as AAFG0270.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
To be used as attrition Airframe by RNZAF?
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

December 2002 To US Navy
as BuNo 920460
To NSAWC Marked with bort number "06".

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0460
 NZ6554 (ntu)

NZ6555 F-16B-15AU OCU DH-15 92-0461 94627 29 October 1994 for Pakistan via FMS Peace Gate IV as 94627.
E
mbargoed
07 December 1994 To AMARC as AAFG0298.
1998 Earmarked for Lease/Sale to RNZAF.
To be used as attrition Airframe by RNZAF?
2002 1998 Lease/Sale to RNZAF cancelled.

December 2002 To US Navy
as BuNo 920461.
To NSAWC Marked with bort number "07".

Highlight for Album: F-16B 92-0461
NZ6555 (ntu)

 
     

Author: Brendan Cowan

Sources: http://www.joebaugher.com , http://www.rnzaf.proboards.com , http://www.f-16.net , http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/milf16r.htm , http://www.beehive.govt.nz/feature/review-f16-aircraft-royal-new-zealand-airforce , http://www.airforce.mil.nz/ , http://www.defence.pk , http://www.worldmilitair.com/ ,

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Updated 12 February 2014

     
     

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