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Airframe Details for F-16 #84-1390

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Aircraft: : 84-1390
LM Aero T/V 5C-172
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 84390
F-16C Block 25F
Current USAF 84390
F-16C Block 25F
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
18 Jun 1986 [act] 84390 F-16C Block 25F
Jul 1986 [act] 84390 USAF 86 TFW 'RS' F-16C Block 25F
Oct 1986 [act] 84390 USAF 10 TFS 'HR' F-16C Block 25F
Jan 1991 [act] 84390 USAF 10 TFS 'HR' F-16C Block 25F "Sweet Dreams"
Special characteristics:
  • Nose Art
Deployment: Desert Storm

27 Feb 1991 [msh] 84390 USAF 10 TFS 'HR' F-16C Block 25F "Sweet Dreams"
Special characteristics:
  • Nose Art
Deployment: Desert Storm

Shot down during Desert Storm by SAM. The pilot, Capt. William Andrews, ejected and became a POW, but was released eight days later after the end of the war. Reportedly had been flying too low and hit by a SA-16. Awarded the Air Force Cross for preventing missile shooters from getting a wingman. A UH-60A (78-23015) was shot down trying to rescue the F-16 pilot. Five of its crew died while three where taken prisoner. The aircraft carried nose art at the time applied for the war. Art was a blond woman in a white bikini lying sideways on the right side of the aircraft below the canopy. Before the aircraft was destroyed it flew 43 combat missions.
27 Feb 1991 [w/o] 84390 USAF 10 TFS 'HR' F-16C Block 25F

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TSgt. Tim Littlefield

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10th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Fighting Tenth" , 1984 - 1991
This was a great Jet with an exceptional record of Code #1 sorties. It had 43 code #1 sorties in the Gulf prior to being shot down. The Assigned Pilot was Prior Thunderbird solo pilot KC Schow who has sinced passed away and the Pilot who was shot down was Capt Bill Andrews

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

Oct 18, 2016 - 05:58 AM

Capt Andrews was not flying too low during the mission on 27 Feb, he was executing the orders given by ABCCC to scout the location for signs of Iraqi movement. A mid-level deck of clouds and oil smoke necessitated going underneath to perform the mission. Capt Andrews and his wingman were rapidly engaged by Republican Guard forces on the ground once underneath the clouds. Please correct this misleading information.

Evan Thomas, #3 of Bill Andrew's 4-ship on 27 Feb

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