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‘Double Down’ pilot passes 1,000 combat hours
"Mach" received a "Double Down" congratulations from members of the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron as he surpassed the 1,000 combat-hour milestone in the F-16 Fighting Falcon February 28, 2018 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Dutch F-16 pilot strikes cable in Arizona
Last Sunday a Dutch F-16 fighter pilot flew his jet into an overhead cable on a training exercise in Arizona. The pilot was unharmed and able to land safely, but the aircraft (F-16BM J-369) was ‘severely damaged’ in the incident.
Israeli F-16 shot down, pilots safe
Israeli jets today were targeted by the Syrian Army with anti-aircraft missiles. An Israeli F-16I went down in northern Israel amid the fire, but the jet's pilots ejected safely.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Mar 24, 2018
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 105
write-off: 597
preserved: 143
stored: 668
instructional: 105
on order: 0
active: 2956
Changes '17/'18:
Fleet adds: 7
Fleet drop: 21
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Today in F-16 history
24 Mar 2008
F-16C block 25 #83-1165 is the first C-model viper worldwide to surpass the 7,000 flying-hours milestone.
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24 Mar 1987
Maiden flight of the F-16N. with test pilot Dave Palmer at the controls.
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24 Mar 1996
Singapore orders 12 F-16s (Direct Commercial Sale).
24 Mar 1999
Start of operation Allied Force, in which F-16s participate in air operations over the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Quote of the Day
Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description.
-- Barry M. Goldwater, US senator
F-16 Hall of Fame
Landed with failed leading edge flap
USAF #78044
F-16A Block 5
In Lt. Col. Pat "Gums" McAdoo's words:

"I was the first Viper pilot to successfully land the thing with a failed leading edge flap. Was early spring/late winter 1982. Maybe 20 March, tail number 044, as that log entry shows 0.3 hours and a precision approach. Weather was not ll that keen. Have the HUD video in VHS format."

"Maintenance troops had failed to insert a 'keeper' bolt that is supposed to keep the flap drive tubes from slipping apart. It's like a cotter key on a bolt. The flap drive motor has a spline gear on it and the drive tube has gear teeth that match up. So the drive tube gradually slipped out from the motor spline gear. When I rotated, the drive tube slid all the way out and the leading edge flap went up until the wing upper surface stopped it. Maybe 50-60 degrees. Another troop had his fail a few months later and the flap went to 90 degrees because he was going a lot faster when the drive tube failed. So I was at 160 knots and holding full left stick. Post-flight data revealed that I had about one pound of control authority for banking left. So I was holding 15-16 pounds of left stick the whole time. "

"I stayed at 170-180 knots, as I could still maintain control and wasn't gonna play Chuck Yeager more than I had to. Nevertheless, I was the first troop to fly the thing in that configuration, so everything was new territory. Bunted over to get opposite flap 2 degrees up and locked the flaps( LEF's go up when bunting over, or when weight is on wheels). I now had both LEF's up, and it seemed to help with the roll authority. Additionally, that other flap wasn't gonna be moving all over the place, and this kept things a little more predictable. "

"Came around on the ILS and landed in one helluva crab. The drag was so great that I almost landed short when I pulled off the power. As I was coming in a lot hotter than normal, I thought I would land long. heh heh, sucker dropped like a rock and I was able to make a mid-field turn off."

Exact date of this mishap is not known, but did happen in 1982.
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Callsign "Tubby"

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

  Lt.Col. Mike "Brillo" Brill

| 466 FS | 421 FS  
5,000 Hours 5,000 Hrs

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

| 162 FW | 148 FS | 1 sqn  
4,000 Hours 4,000 Hrs

  Lt.Col. David "Grits" Gritsavage

| 134 FS | 134 FS  
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs

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36 FS | 182 FS | 182 FS  
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62 FS | 480 FS  
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