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Airframe Details for F-16 #87-0243




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Aircraft: : 87-0243
LM Aero T/V 5C-504
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 87243
F-16C Block 30F
Current USAF 87243
F-16C Block 30F
Status [act]
Crewed by Bob Naylor and Gary Berlo in 1988.


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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
25 Jul 1988 [act] 87243 F-16C Block 30F
Aug 1988 [act] 87243 USAF 614 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30F
Nov 1990 [act] 87243 USAF 614 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30F "The Phantom"
Deployment: Desert Storm

Flew 60 missions
Oct 1991 [act] 87243 USAF 52 FW 'SP' F-16C Block 30F
Aug 1993 [act] 87243 USAF 162 FS 'OH' F-16C Block 30F
Jan 2000 [act] 87243 USAF 188 FS 'NM' F-16C Block 30F
Jun 2000 [act] 87243 USAF 170 FS 'SI' F-16C Block 30F
Oct 2001 [act] 87243 USAF 27 FW 'CC' F-16C Block 30F
Mar 2004 [act] 87243 USAF 188 FS 'NM' F-16C Block 30F
02 Mar 2005 [msh] 87243 USAF 188 FS 'NM' F-16C Block 30F
Left main tire blew after rotation during a take off from Alburquerque, New Mexico. Damage also was sustained when debris made a hole in the lower finger brace panel which is important to the the structure. It is thought to be repairable, but unknown if the wing will need to be replaced.
03 Mar 2005 [i/a] 87243 USAF 188 FS 'NM' F-16C Block 30F
Inactive till repaired. The wing did not need to be replaced.
20 Apr 2005 [act] 87243 USAF 188 FS 'NM' F-16C Block 30F
May 2011 [act] 87243 USAF 121 FS 'DC' F-16C Block 30F
Currently wearing no identifying markings.
Unknown [act] 87243 USAF 121 FS 'DC' F-16C Block 30F

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A1C. Arie Church

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121st Fighter Squadron "Capital Guardians" , -

Sgt. Jim Tomshack

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614th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Lucky Devils" , 1989 - 1991

TSgt. Aaron Hudson

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113th Fighter Wing , 2010 -
Had to say goodbye to a great ACFT 86-1450 and hello to 87-0243 after returning from Balad in early '07. Still working out kinks and major garbage maintenance from the Tacos.


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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