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F-16 crashes near Andrews AFB in Washington DC; pilot ok
An F-16C that was on a training mission crashed in an unpopulated area near Andrews AFB in Maryland this morning.
Pilot reaches milestone 1,000th combat hour
The 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander reached a milestone – 1,000 combat hours in an F-16 Fighting Falcon – after flying a sortie March 20, 2017 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
US Air Force delivers refurbished F-16s to Indonesia
Four refurbished F-16 Fighting Falcons were delivered to Indonesia, the fifth of six "ferry cells" in a sale of 24 total aircraft.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Apr 25, 2017
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 104
write-off: 593
preserved: 139
stored: 669
instructional: 101
on order: 36
active: 2932
Changes '16/'17:
Fleet adds: 18
Fleet drop: 38
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Today in F-16 history
25 Apr 2003
First flight test of the more powerfull F110-GE-132 turbofan engine for the F-16 block 60 is completed successfully.
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Quote of the Day
What's the difference between God and Pilots? God doesn't think he's a Pilot.
-- Unknown
F-16 Hall of Fame
Twice as Nice
USAF #79377
F-16A Block 10
This USAF F-16 crashed twice, but was repaired both times - hence it got named 'Twice as Nice'. It was later sold to Israel. The first crash was in 1984 - sometimes when aircraft systems designers integrate various components into an airframe, they forget to examine what happens if a component should fail. Such was the case in the original F-16 design. An electrical connector (cannon plug) came loose and unfortunately the wiring for critical components like brakes and arrestor hook all went through the same connector. The pilot attempted to land the aircraft and engage the arrestor wires. Both wires were missed and the aircraft went off the end of the runway. The pilot stayed with the aircraft and the rescue crews had to cut through the canopy to reach hime - the hole in the canopy can be seen in the photo. After this accident they changed the electrical schematic and wiring harness so that those features went through different connectors now. The second crash occurred a few years later. Cause of mishap was a stuck throttle cable at 70% power. The incident happened at MacDill and the pilot landed the aircraft then ejected when he couldn't stop it. It then went off the end of the runway.
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F-22 and F-35 Forum
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Callsign "Clang"

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Latest Viper Drivers to reach 1K - 6K flying hours:
6,000 Hours 6,000 Hrs
2008-05-02

  Lt.Col. Mike "Brillo" Brill

| 466 FS | 421 FS  
5,000 Hours 5,000 Hrs
2014-01-04

  Lt.Col. Robert "T. Rex" Carpenter , Jr

| 162 FW | 148 FS | 1 sqn  
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs
2016-12-22

  Lt.Col. David "Grits" Gritsavage

| 134 FS | 134 FS  
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs
2017-02-16
2,000 Hours 2,000 Hrs
2016-06-28
1,000 Hours 1,000 Hrs
2017-01-19

  Maj. Nidhal Al Kamyani

20 sqn | BAe Hawk  
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Crew Chief Profiles

 MSgt. Kelly Crouse

 (added: 27 Oct 2009)
80 FS | 389 FS | 389 FS | KC-135 | 523 FS | 523 FS | 80 FS | 421 FS | 421 FS

 SSgt. Eric Owens

 (added: 20 Apr 2017)
56 FW

 SSgt. Jeffery Swann

 (added: 20 Apr 2017)
389 FS | 80 FS

 MSgt. Tim Kimsey

 (added: 19 Apr 2017)
46 TW | 474 TFW | F-111 | 388 FW | 8 FW | 46 TW

 MSgt. Louis Cardenas

 (added: 7 Apr 2007)
| 80 FS | 62 FS | 14 FS | F-117 | 36 FS | F-117
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331 skv "Lion" (RNoAF)