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The US Air Force has confirmed it has lost contact with the a F-16 fighter jet that left an air base in Italy earlier today and the status of the pilot is "unknown".

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Missing US jet is a 'high performance weapon system'

  • The F-16 Fighter jet is a multi-role fighter aircraft
  • Used in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack
  • The U.S. Air Force calls it a 'high performance weapon system' for the United States
  • It has an all-weather capability, locating targets in all weather conditions
  • F-16s were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991, in support of Operation Desert Storm

Source: U.S. Air Force

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