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Airframe Details for F-16 #78-0001




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Aircraft: : 78-0001
LM Aero T/V 61-7
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 78001
F-16A Block 1
Current USAF 78001
F-16A Block 1
Status [pre]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
18 Aug 1978 [act] 78001 F-16A Block 1
19 Aug 1978 [act] 80001 F-16A Block 1
First USAF F-16
This F-16 was the first to roll off the General Dynamics production line at Fort Worth, TX. It was delivered to the USAF in August of 1978 and thus became the very first production F-16 to be delivered worldwide. Initial deliveries went to the 388th TFW at Hill AFB, where initial pilot training on the type was performed.
Unknown [act] 78001 USAF 6516 TS 'ED' F-16A Block 1
Mar 1979 [act] 78001 USAF 34 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 1
Unknown [msh] 78001 USAF 34 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 1
Suffered a mishap on landing. The nose gear would not come down. The pilot tried everything to get it down, no luck. It was decided he would land on the runway and keep his nose up as long as he could. There was some concern the external wing tanks would drag so of course the crash trucks were there in case of fire. The pilot brought the plane in very slowly and landed on the mains, kept the nose up and almost came to a stop before the nose dropped. The radome was of course scraped up, the ring around the intake and the lower tacan antenna was gone. The wing tanks were about 5-6 inches from the ground. It was found out the seals in the nose gear were almost totally deteriorated. It was the original nose gear from the factory. Everything that was damaged was replaced and the plane was flying three days later. Anyone who knows the exact date, please let us know.

Update: A visitor wonders if this was the mishap involving pilot Dick Hoover who could not get the nose gear down at a Red Flag exercise, but also was not sure about the exact date.

Unknown [act] 78001 USAF 34 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 1
Repaired.
Unknown [act] 78001 USAF 16 TFTS 'HL' F-16A Block 1
Jan 1983 [act] 78001 USAF 310 TFTS 'LF' F-16A Block 1
Nov 1989 [act] 78001 USAF 159 FIS F-16A Block 1
No unit markings
May 1990 [act] 78001 USAF 134 FIS F-16A Block 1
Jun 1990 [act] 78001 USAF 107 TFS 'MI' F-16A Block 1
Oct 1991 [pre] 78001 F-16A Block 1
On a pedestal in Langley's Memorial Park, Virginia

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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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