The aircraft was damaged but repairable after hitting three power lines and destructing 10 power poles during a straight-in simulated flame-out approach (SFO) at Libby Army Airfield, Arizona. Both the instructor pilot and the student were unhurt, but the aircraft suffered some damage to the engine inlet, port strake, ram air diverter, nose gear, leading edge flap, flaperon, port horizontal stabilator and port speed brake. Cause of the incident was reported as lack of sufficient situational awareness by the instructor pilot.
When first assigned, this jet was the flying CANX aircraft. We'd put it together, fly it TDY and first code 3 - it was K-ball for rest of the tdy. Around 1986, when flying hours started getting monitored much closer, it was about 300 hrs behind the rest of the squadron. Next thing I knew, it was the 16AF flagship (yes a 2 seater flagship because Gen Baker was too old to fly alone). Flew its but off for about a year straight. I got my incentive ride in it in late 1986.