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Romanian prime minister co-pilots F-16 fighter jet at the end of Romanian, US air exercises

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    Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta, right, smiles from the cockpit of a US Air Force F-16 fighter jet piloted by Maj. Dustin Yogi Brown during a military exercise in Campia Turzii, Romania, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Dressed in a flight suit, Ponta visited the Campia Turzii military air base in northwest Romania where about 450 U.S. and Romanian troops and technical staff had been taking part in the weeklong exercises ending Thursday. (AP Photo/Mircea Rosca) (The Associated Press)

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    CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS BYLINE - Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta, right, smiles from the cockpit of a US Air Force F-16 fighter jet piloted by Maj. Dustin Yogi Brown during a military exercise in Campia Turzii, Romania, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Dressed in a flight suit, Ponta visited the Campia Turzii military air base in northwest Romania where about 450 U.S. and Romanian troops and technical staff had been taking part in the weeklong exercises ending Thursday. (AP Photo/Mihaela Bobar) (The Associated Press)

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    A Russian made MIG 21 fighter jet maneuvers next to a US Air Force F-16 piloted by Maj. Dustin Yogi Brown, right, and transporting Romanian Premier Victor Ponta during a military exercise in Campia Turzii, Romania, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Dressed in a flight suit, Ponta visited the Campia Turzii military air base in northwest Romania where about 450 U.S. and Romanian troops and technical staff had been taking part in the weeklong exercises ending Thursday. (AP Photo/Mircea Rosca) (The Associated Press)

Romania's prime minister has co-piloted an F-16 fighter jet at the end of Romanian and U.S. air exercises.

Dressed in a flight suit, Victor Ponta visited the Campia Turzii military air base in northwest Romania where about 450 U.S. and Romanian troops and technical staff had been taking part in the weeklong exercises ending Thursday.

Ponta, also a rally car driver, said it's nothing like piloting a racecar and he was overjoyed he could walk straight once the fighter jet landed.

Romania's defense ministry signed a deal in October to buy secondhand F-16 fighter jets from Portugal to bring its air force up to NATO standards.