Above: burning crash site in Arizona of Iraqi Air Force F-16IQ
According to F-16.net on 25JUN15:
An Iraqi F-16 assigned to the 162nd Wing, Arizona ANG, crashed sometime around 20.00h today, five miles east of Douglas Municipal Airport, while partaking in a night training mission. The Iraqi pilot was killed in this mishap.
The crash of the F-16 occurred near Douglas close to the border between Arizona and New Mexico. The jet was the inaugural F-16D block 52 #1601 (RB-01) for the Iraq Air Force which first took flight on May 2nd, 2014.
The Iraq government ordered 36 F-16s and while delivery of them is on hold, the pilots who will fly them have been learning the ropes of the aircraft with the 162nd FW since 2012.Commentary: Iraqi sources identify the pilot as IqAF Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan.
Loss of the inaugural IqAF F-16 and its pilot represent another setback to the Iraqi Air Force, which had expressed the expectation of a much delayed deployment to Iraq on 21JUL15 for war against ISIL.
An accurate critique by Tyler Rogoway of U.S. policy towards the Iraqi Air Force can be accessed HERE.
Undated image of the late Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammad Hassan
File image of lost IqAF Lockheed Martin F-16IQ (D Block 52) Fighting Falcon, serial 1601