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Airframe Details for F-16 #81-0687

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Aircraft: : 81-0687
LM Aero T/V 61-368
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 81687
F-16A Block 15C
Current USAF 81687
F-16A Block 15C
Status [pre]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
07 Jul 1982 [act] 81687 F-16A Block 15C
Aug 1982 [act] 81687 USAF USAF ADS F-16A Block 15C
Special characteristics:
  • Display team: Thunderbirds
Thunderbird single-seater in the 1982 - 1991 timeframe. Had number 6 attached on March 21st, 1984 and May 5th, 1984. Was a brief replacement for F-16A #81-0670 in the 1984 season.
Jan 1986 [act] 81687 USAF USAF ADS F-16A Block 15C
In January of 1986 it was discovered that the RH F-2 Longeron in the PDU bay severed in half on this same aircraft while as a 'Phase Dog' on the T-Birds. This was the first cracked longeron ever reported to General Dynamics on any F-16, and later (after two more cracked longerons on other T-Bird aircraft were found) this became one of the main structural enhancements on SLEP/Falcon UP.
Jun 1992 [act] 81687 F-16A Block 15C
Oct 1992 [act] 81687 USAF 425 FS 'LF' F-16A Block 15C
Loaned to the RSAF for training purposes.
Jan 1996 [i/a] 81687 F-16A Block 15C
Experienced structural cracks and was consequently withdrawn from use.
Oct 1997 [i/a] 81687 F-16A Block 15C
Used as a travelling exhibit.
Feb 1998 [pre] 81687 'LF' F-16A Block 15C
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 56 FW
Gate guard at Luke AFB, Arizona.

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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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