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Airframe Details for F-16 #78-0162




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Aircraft: : 78-0162
LM Aero T/V 6J-1
Plant SABCA
Local C/N B-001
Delivered BAF FB-01
F-16B Block 1
Current RJAF 136
F-16B Block 20 MLU
Status [act]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
26 Jan 1979 [act] FB-01 F-16B Block 1
First European F-16
This was the first F-16 to be delivered to the Belgian Air Force and also the first F-16 that came off a European production line. In this case the SABCA factory. The aircraft was delivered to Beauvechain/Bevekom AB - home of the 1st Wing - in a wintery January of 1979. This first flight was performed by Col. Jerry Singleton (USAF) and Maj. Guy Devolder (BAF).
27 Jan 1979 [act] FB-01 BAF 1 W F-16B Block 1
Jun 1979 [act] FB-01 BAF 1 W F-16B Block 1
Special characteristics:
  • Special Colorscheme
Wearing General Dynamics markings at Le Bourget.
Jun 1982 [act] FB-01 BAF 10 W F-16B Block 1
Jul 1984 [act] FB-01 BAF OCU F-16B Block 1
Jan 1989 [act] FB-01 BAF OCU F-16B Block 1
Special characteristics:
  • Special Colorscheme
Celebration scheme for 10 years of F-16 service within the Belgian Air Force.
Unknown [act] FB-01 BAF 2 sqn F-16B Block 1
Mar 1998 [act] FB-01 BAF 2 W F-16B Block 1
Jul 1998 [act] FB-01 BAF OCU F-16B Block 1
Unknown [con] FB-01 F-16B Block 20 MLU
May 1999 [act] FB-01 BAF 2 W 'FS' F-16B Block 20 MLU
16 Jan 2006 [sto] FB-01 F-16B Block 20 MLU
At Weelde AB
06 Feb 2007 [sto] FB-01 F-16B Block 20 MLU
Kleine Brogel AB for refurbishment
27 Nov 2008 [act] 136 F-16B Block 20 MLU
FMS Program: Peace Falcon III
FMS Serial: M14-6

Dec 2008 [act] 136 RJAF 1 sqn F-16B Block 20 MLU

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Chief.Adj. Pierre Schaffrath

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Operational Conversion Unit "Vulture" , 1979 - 1996
I was in the recovery crew when the FB01 arrived in Beauvechain as our first Falcon on 26 Jan 1977. Due to the snow, it arrived 4 day’s late, the 22nd was my birthday ;-) On 19 Feb 1993 I did my first and only backseat (at last) in the same FB01 in an Air to Air gunnery, Solenzara, Corse. Pilot: Cpn Hans van Maele, 349 Sqn. Movie clips Startup, Taxi out and Recovery on YouTube: http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=HXeORX-JZdQ http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=PfAeTmkxoMo http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=KXLQ7-EwgP8


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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