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Top Aces receives USAF greenlight

October 30, 2019  By Helicopters Staff

Top Aces Corp. of Montreal, Quebec, has been selected as a winner under the U.S. Air Force Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support program. The resulting contract provides a vehicle through which Top Aces can offer its adversary air capabilities and compete for individual tenders at 12 U.S. Air Force (USAF) bases.

Top Aces states it will be the first provider to offer the F-16 platform, configured with an open-system architecture designed to meet the diverse needs of the USAF. Top Aces’ fleet will initially be based at its F-16 Center of Excellence located in Mesa, Arizona.

Top Aces began providing adversary air training more than 15 years ago and now holds a record of over 81,000 flight hours with zero accidents. “Top Aces’ core of experienced Aggressors look very forward to supporting the USAF at every level of the training pipeline,” said Top Aces president Russ Quinn, who is a 26-year USAF veteran and previous Aggressor pilot with more than 3,300 F-16 flight hours.

With one of the world’s largest privately held operational fleets of fighter aircraft, Top Aces states it has the capacity to provide highly advanced training solutions across the U.S. Department of Defense. Top Aces is the first commercial company to own and operate the F-16 platform equipped with an open system architecture, which, according to the company, will optimize the training experience for the USAF’s 4th and 5th generation fleets.


“For the past 15 years, Top Aces has effectively and efficiently trained the next generation of worldwide combat leaders,” said Quinn. “We are grateful for the opportunity to join forces with the USAF and bring contracted adversary training to the next level.”


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