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Airframe Details for F-16 #87-0257




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Aircraft: : 87-0257
LM Aero T/V 5C-518
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 87257
F-16C Block 30F
Current USAF 87257
F-16C Block 30F
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
19 Aug 1988 [act] 87257 F-16C Block 30F
Sep 1988 [act] 87257 USAF 52 TFW 'SP' F-16C Block 30F
Mar 1990 [act] 87257 USAF 614 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30F
19 Jan 1991 [msh] 87257 USAF 614 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30F
Deployment: Desert Storm

Pilot, Major Jeffrey Scott Tice ejected safely after travelling 150 miles inside Iraq, but became a POW as the ejection took place over Iraq. It was the 8th combat loss and the first daylight raid over Baghdad. The aircraft was struck by an SA-3 just south of Baghdad. Aircraft 86-0225 was brought in to replace this lost aircraft. Major Tice's aircraft aborted and 87-0257 was the spare for that day. Wreckage was later found by the US Marines who contacted the squadron to see what they wanted done with the aircraft as the aircraft was largely intact. Order was give to destroy the aircraft. Location of the crash site was in a section of Iraq that the US Marines had occupied. Most reports have the two losses of F-16's from this squadron switched on this date. Flew 4 missions before being written off.
19 Jan 1991 [w/o] 87257 USAF 614 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30F Canopy of F-16 downed in Desert Storm returns home
As of May 2005, the canopy is on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum.

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TSgt. Scott Snell

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614th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Lucky Devils" , 1991 - 1991
During Operation Desert Storm until it was shot down by SAM during the first daylight bombing of Baghdad.


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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