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Airframe Details for F-16 #81-0679




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Aircraft: : 81-0679
LM Aero T/V 61-360
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 81679
F-16A Block 15C
Current USAF AAFG0354
F-16A Block 15C
Status [sto]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
28 Jun 1982 [act] 81679 F-16A Block 15C
Unknown [act] 81679 USAF USAF ADS F-16A Block 15C
Special characteristics:
  • Special Colorscheme
  • Display team: Thunderbirds
Had number 6 attached on March 29th, 1983; number 5 on March 21st, 1984; May 5th, 1984 and March 12th, 1987 and number 10 on March 27th, 1988.
Unknown [act] 81679 USAF USAF ADS F-16A Block 15C History

Special characteristics:
  • Special Colorscheme
War Bird
The only F-16 from the Thunderbirds ever to be made combat ready. The Tbirds are required to be able to make their F-16s combat ready within 72 hours. In 1988, this was put to the test. The ground crew pulled it off with time to spare, except for the paint scheme. The jet flew a combat training sortie and afterwards received the nickname 'War Bird'.
Jul 1989 [act] 81679 USAF 388 TFW F-16A Block 15C
Standard grey scheme.
May 1990 [act] 81679 USAF USAF ADS F-16A Block 15C
Painted in Thunderbirds colors and combat grey twice
Jul 1992 [act] 81679 F-16A Block 15C
Unmarked
Oct 1992 [act] 81679 USAF 425 FS 'LF' F-16A Block 15C
Loaned to the RSAF for training purposes.
01 Feb 1996 [sto] AAFG0354 USAF AMARC 'LF' F-16A Block 15C

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Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available



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Nov 14, 2017 - 09:46 PM
T-Birds Combat Sq Designation

Hello,

If the Thunderbirds were restored as a combat squadron in a national emergency, what would their fighter squadron designator number be?




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