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Airframe Details for F-16 #78-0105




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Aircraft: : 78-0105
LM Aero T/V 62-31
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 78105
F-16B Block 5
Current USAF 78105
F-16B Block 5
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
08 Dec 1979 [act] 78105 F-16B Block 5
09 Dec 1979 [act] 78105 USAF 56 TTW 'MC' F-16B Block 5
27 Mar 1981 [msh] 78105 USAF 56 TTW 'MC' F-16B Block 5
Went down over the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. The crash was caused by a fuel pump failure. The aircraft was recovered but damage was extensive to the cockpit area. The aircraft remains were brought back to MacDill AFB and stored in a hanger Everything was removed forward of the intake and it was used as a maintainace trainer for a while.
27 Mar 1981 [w/o] 78105 USAF 56 TTW 'MC' F-16B Block 5
"I was appointed 'Crew Chief' of what was left and had the job of removing some of the damaged areas with a die Grinder and preparing it for use as a trainer. It soon became apparent that the aircraft would be of little training value except for teaching tire changes, wing weapons pylon installation, missile launcher installation and removal and a few other tasks. Power could not be applied to the airframe so no functional tests could be performed. The aircraft was sent out and I do not remember what the final disposition of the airframe was, I believe it went back to General Dynamics." -- Denny

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MSgt. Mike Garcia

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56 TTW , 1980 - 1982


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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Errors and Omissions

Jun 25, 2013 - 10:16 PM
Incorrect Cause for Engine Failure and Extent of Damage

The aircraft experienced an N2 speed sensor fault due to failed pins inside the sensor. The sensor was sent for refurbishment and update, which did not occur. However, the sensor was marked with a data plate indicating the update. It then flew for over twice its predicted life cycle and failed at that point. The pilot also failed to correctly perform a back-up fuel control (BUC) engine restart and actually ejected below the minimum ejection altitude. The aircraft was damaged at the nose section and the horizontal stabilizers. Both horizontal stabs broke off complete with their integrated servo actuators (ISAs) and were found floating in the Gulf of Mexico along with the centerline fuel tank that also separated when the aircraft impacted the Gulf.




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