US will start training Ukrainian pilots on F-16s at air base in Arizona
August 25, 2023
WASHINGTON - The U.S. will start training Ukrainian pilots to fly U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets, beginning at an Air National Guard base in October, the Pentagon said Thursday.
The training is part of a U.S. and European effort to get the advanced fighter jets to Ukraine for its defense against invading Russian forces.
The announcement came as President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to commemorate Ukraine's Independence Day and to reiterate support for the effort to fight back Russian troops.