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Airframe Details for F-16 #87-0270

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Aircraft: : 87-0270
LM Aero T/V 5C-531
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 87270
F-16C Block 30H
Current USAF 87270
F-16C Block 30H
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
27 Sep 1988 [act] 87270 F-16C Block 30H
Oct 1988 [act] 87270 USAF 480 TFS 'SP' F-16C Block 30H
Nov 1990 [act] 87270 USAF 480 TFS 'SP' F-16C Block 30H
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 52 TFW
Deployment: Desert Storm

01 Oct 1991 [act] 87270 USAF 480 FS 'SP' F-16C Block 30H
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 52 FW
26 Jan 1994 [msh] 87270 USAF 480 FS 'SP' F-16C Block 30H
Two F-16s (#87-0389 and #87-0270) were doing a formation take-off from Wright-Patterson AFB. At lift off, the lead aircraft (87-0270) pitched nose down. The aircraft did not respond to nose up commands by the pilot so Capt. Anthony Zaccaro ejected successfully. The plane came down in the grass off the left side of the runway. During the slide, the gear struts failed, fuel cells ruptured and a big fire trailed and engulfed the aircraft when it stopped. After that the second aircraft pitched nose down and blew the nose tire braking the nose strut. In this condition the aircraft was unflyable. It was tracking straight down the runway and responded to brake pressure so Lt. Mark Bortiatynski completed an abort and successfully egressed after sliding to a stop. When this aircraft hit the runway, the centerline fuel tank split and the fuel was ignited which left a large trailing fireball.
26 Jan 1994 [w/o] 87270 USAF 480 FS 'SP' F-16C Block 30H AIB Report

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MSgt. Chad Landt

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81st Fighter Squadron "Wild Weasels" , 1993 - 1994
this is the jet that I was a ADCC on for a short time in the 81 fs before heading to the 480th

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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