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Airframe Details for F-16 #87-0240




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Aircraft: : 87-0240
LM Aero T/V 5C-501
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 87240
F-16C Block 30F
Current USAF 87240
F-16C Block 30F
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
14 Jul 1988 [act] 87240 F-16C Block 30F
Aug 1988 [act] 87240 USAF 614 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30F
Nov 1990 [act] 87240 USAF 614 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30F
Deployment: Desert Storm

Flew 54 missions
Feb 1992 [act] 87240 USAF 86 FW 'RS' F-16C Block 30F
May 1994 [act] 87240 USAF 170 FS 'SI' F-16C Block 30F
17 Nov 1999 [msh] 87240 USAF 170 FS 'SI' F-16C Block 30F
Collided with F-16C (86-0263), near the town of Vermont, Illinois about eighty kilometres north of their base. One pilot landed the aircraft while the other was forced to eject. Cause is believed to have been from one of the pilots losing situational awareness. The mishap occurred as the upgrading pilot performed an air-to-air intercept on the instructor who was acting as a target and flying slow speed with lights out. A high to low intercept was flown by the upgrading pilot and he did not achieve sufficient lateral displacement for his Vc (overtaking velocity). He rolled out behind the target at 500 feet and 180 knots of overtake. An evasive maneuver was initiated at 200 feet and less than 1 second prior to impact. The right wing impacted and severed the target aircraft's left horizontal tail and severely damaged the corresponding hydraulic integrated servoacuator. The aircraft then experienced total hydraulic failure and went out of control. The instructor pilot ejected safely and the upgrading pilot flew his damaged aircraft to base.
17 Nov 1999 [w/o] 87240 USAF 170 FS 'SI' F-16C Block 30F 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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