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Last F-16 flight for Ind. Air National Guard unit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana Air National Guard unit has taken its last F-16 fighter for its final flight. It also was the last flight for Col. Jeffrey Soldner, unit commander for the Fort Wayne-based 122nd Fighter Wing. He's retiring in January after a 38-year career.

Soldner took his unit's last F-16 Fighting Falcon up for a flight Saturday. Afterward, his grandsons doused him with the traditional fire-engine hose-down, followed by an uncorked a bottle of champagne.

The unit's F-16s have served in Afghanistan and Iraq and are being phased out because of age. Their replacements are A-10 Thunderbolts, also known as Warthogs. The military uses the A-10s for close support for ground forces, often to attack enemy tanks.

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