F-16 Aircraft Database

Airframe Details for F-16 #87-0357

F-16 Aircraft Profile

Aircraft: : 87-0357
LM Aero T/V 1C-8
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 87357
F-16C Block 40A
Current USAF 87357
F-16C Block 40A
Status [w/o]

⇦ Copy-paste this code to link this airframe from our forum

Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
23 May 1989 [act] 87357 F-16C Block 40A
25 May 1989 [act] 87357 USAF 416 FTS 'ED' F-16C Block 40A
Jun 1990 [act] 87357 USAF 421 TFS 'HL' F-16C Block 40A
Deployment: Desert Storm

01 Oct 1991 [act] 87357 USAF 421 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40A
Sep 1994 [act] 87357 USAF 34 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40A
Feb 1998 [act] 87357 USAF 421 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40A
21 Jun 2000 [msh] 87357 USAF 421 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40A News Article
Lost due to a bird strike over the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, Alberta, Canada during a Maple Flag exercise. The pilot, Captain Richard Pietrykowski, ejected with injuries to his face, a 417 Squadron CH-146 '415' picked him up. A Pelican hit the canopy creating a large hole which is what injured the pilot. This aircraft was participating in an exercise. The largest piece that was left was the gun fairing. The rest of the F-16 was underground in the muskeg (unfrozen tundra). The only access to the crash site was via helicopter. The ejection seat had bird guts all over it and a hole where a bear had bitten through the seat while licking off the guts. The canopy had pieces with feathers actually sticking out of it. In detail the pilot was messed up with air bubbles in his skin which resulted in temporary blindness and hearing loss. The F-16 impacted a pelican at 2,000 AGL at about 700 knots. This clipped the helmet straps off and destroyed the HUD & glareshields. The pilot ejected almost immediately with no time to slow down. Probably larger pieces of the aircraft will surface as the years go by and the ground freezes and thaws.
21 Jun 2000 [w/o] 87357 USAF 421 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40A AIB Report

Crew Chief Comments

Create your own Crew Chief Profile
If you crewed this jet and want to leave a comment, you can create your own profile in our Crew Chief Profiles section.

MSgt. Craig Brown

Crew Chief Profile
34th Fighter Squadron "Rams" , -

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

Any aircraft or serials missing from this list? Did you see incorrect, incomplete, or outdated data?
Add your corrections at the bottom of this page or send them to us!
[Back to the F-16 Aircraft Database]

Errors and Omissions

Note: Errors and omissions in the above text can be added here. Please note: your comments will be displayed immediately on this page.

If you wish to send a private comment to the webmasters, please use the Contact Us link.