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Airframe Details for F-16 #85-1459




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Aircraft: : 85-1459
LM Aero T/V 5C-239
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 85459
F-16C Block 30A
Current USAF F16C 85-1459
F-16C Block 30A
Status [sto]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
29 Nov 1986 [act] 85459 F-16C Block 30A
Feb 1987 [act] 85459 USAF 512 TFS 'RS' F-16C Block 30A
01 Oct 1991 [act] 85459 USAF 512 FS 'RS' F-16C Block 30A
Mar 1992 [act] 85459 USAF 175 FS F-16C Block 30A
Mar 1993 [act] 85459 USAF 706 FS 'NO' F-16C Block 30A
10 May 1996 [msh] 85459 USAF 706 FS 'NO' F-16C Block 30A
The aircraft ran off the runway at NAS New Orleans when it baunced over the emergency cable after suffering an inflight emergency where all hydraulic control was lost due to a broken hydraulic line. The pilot, Captain Phil Farrell, who stayed with the aircraft was unharmed.
Jul 1996 [act] 85459 USAF 706 FS 'NO' F-16C Block 30A
Repaired.
Jul 1997 [act] 85459 USAF 457 FS 'TX' F-16C Block 30A
19 Sep 2013 [sto] F16C 85-1459 USAF AMARC 'TX' F-16C Block 30A
Some sources have this airframe being removed from AMARG in September of 2017. More info needed.

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Sgt. Ralph Bulloch

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512th Fighter Squadron "Dragons" , 1987 - 1993

SSgt. Chris Costa

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706th Fighter Squadron "Cajuns" , 1993 - 2001


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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