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Airframe Details for F-16 #78-0006

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Aircraft: : 78-0006
LM Aero T/V 61-12
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 78006
F-16A Block 1
Current USAF 78006
F-16A Block 1
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
11 Apr 1979 [act] 78006 F-16A Block 1
18 Apr 1979 [act] 78006 USAF 16 TFTS 'HL' F-16A Block 1
01 Oct 1979 [msh] 78006 USAF 16 TFTS 'HL' F-16A Block 1
Crashed in Nevada due to an engine problem. An MOT&E aircraft piloted by Paul R. was lost as it ran out of flight control authority. The pilot was simply rocking the wings at low altitiude to acknowledge an F-15 simulated attack over Nellis range. The flight control limitations were not fully known or understood by engineers and pilots in those early days, and the triple ejection racks (TERs) loaded on stations 3 & 7 disrupted airflow over the wings causing loss of control at low altitude. Paul ejected successfully and due to his zoomie training at the academy and was able to steer himself clear of the fireball without injury.
01 Oct 1979 [w/o] 78006 USAF 16 TFTS 'HL' F-16A Block 1

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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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