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Airframe Details for F-16 #85-1555




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Aircraft: : 85-1555
LM Aero T/V 5C-297
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 85555
F-16C Block 30B
Current USAF 85555
F-16C Block 30B
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
29 Apr 1987 [act] 85555 F-16C Block 30B
May 1987 [act] 85555 USAF 14 TFS 'MJ' F-16C Block 30B
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 432 TFW
Feb 1992 [act] 85555 USAF 56 FW 'MC' F-16C Block 30B
Oct 1992 [act] 85555 USAF 175 FS F-16C Block 30B "Triple Nickle"
Special characteristics:
  • Nose Art
Named - Triple Nickle - and the art was three Indian Head nickles slightly overlaping each other.
Jul 1995 [act] 85555 USAF 113 FS 'TH' F-16C Block 30B "Cold Steel"
Special characteristics:
  • Nose Art
175th FS also had an aircraft with nose art "Cold Steel" 85-1448 in 2001.
Unknown [act] 85555 USAF 113 FS 'TH' F-16C Block 30B
Special characteristics:
  • Mission Marks
Deployment: Northern Watch

Scored a kill on a SAM site during 2001 deployment for ONW. Kill marking was added to the aircraft and was worn up till it was destroyed in a mid-air collision.
Unknown [act] 85555 USAF 113 FS 'TH' F-16C Block 30B
17 May 2004 [msh] 85555 USAF 113 FS 'TH' F-16C Block 30B News Article
Collided in midair over southwestern Indiana at about 1:40pm with F-16C (86-0260) destroying both aircraft. Both aircraft were from the 113th FS. Pilot, Maj. William E. Burchett, didn't survive the accident. Whitnesses said his parachute did not open fully, but he was killed at impact, ejection seat fired by itself. The other pilot, Maj. Thomas R. Sims, parachuted to safety. He was taken by ambulance to a Hospital.
17 May 2004 [w/o] 85555 USAF 113 FS 'TH' F-16C Block 30B AIB Report

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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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