Code One, Volume 11, Number 1, January 1998 Page: 41
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DeWinne Receives 1997
Maj. Frank DeWinne, a senior flight test pilot for the
Belgian Air Force, received the 1997 Dryden Semper
Viper Award. The award is presented annually to rec-
ognize an F-16 pilot who demonstrates superior
airmanship. DeWinne was selected among nominees
submitted from countries that operate the F-16.
DeWinne demonstrated his airmanship and systems
knowledge during a flight on 12 February 1997 when
his aircraft experienced an engine anomaly. He suc-
cessfully restarted the engine and landed safely,
despite challenging weather conditions that forced him
to rely on standby instruments during the engine-out
portion of the flight. DeWinne saved the aircraft for his
country and attained a personal goal for himself-he
made it home for his son's tenth birthday.
"Lockheed Martin salutes Major Frank DeWinne for
his superior airmanship and F-16 knowledge and for
carrying out the fighter pilot tradition of Joe Bill
Dryden," said Tim Roels, director of F-16 customer
requirements, who presented the award on behalf of
The Dryden Semper Viper Award, sponsored by
Lockheed Martin, honors the late Joe Bill Dryden, a
company test pilot who devoted his career to expanding
the capabilities of the F-16.
Maj. DeWinne (with award) chats with (left to right)
Tim Roels, Lt. Gen. Guido Vanhecke, and Kevin Dwyer.
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