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Airframe Details for F-16 #88-0495




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Aircraft: : 88-0495
LM Aero T/V 1C-97
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 88495
F-16C Block 40C
Current USAF 88495
F-16C Block 40C
Status [act]
On the left panel on the inside where the tail meets the airframe, there is as Purple Heart painted on the frame. It was painted there after being hit by a SAM on February 27, 1991 during Desert Storm.


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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
26 Mar 1990 [act] 88495 F-16C Block 40C
27 Mar 1990 [act] 88495 USAF 4 TFS 'HL' F-16C Block 40C
27 Feb 1991 [msh] 88495 USAF 4 TFS 'HL' F-16C Block 40C
Deployment: Desert Storm

Shrapnell Viper
Probably an SA-8 exploded near the left external tank area. Fragments from the SAM hit the lower left side of the intake, including right through the intake. The left wing had a 2x3 inch hole and the main wing root had damage underneith. Stabilizers were peppered as well as the exhaust tail feathers. Part of the radome was also sheared off, but that damage was done during the crash landing at Rafha, Saudi Arabia when the nose gear would not extend. Major Ed 'Spot' Schumacher was a pilot who was visiting from the Fighter Weapons School and had deployed to Desert Storm with the 4th TFS. The aircraft returned to Hill AFB in a crate from Dahrain AB.
01 Oct 1991 [act] 88495 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40C
Unknown [act] 88495 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40C
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 4 FS
At some point was marked CLSS
Unknown [act] 88495 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40C
Oct 2000 [act] 88495 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40C
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 4 FS
Aug 2007 [act] 88495 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40C
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 4 FS
Deployment: Iraqi Freedom

05 Oct 2008 [act] 88495 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40C
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 4 FS

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MSgt. Adam Mouser

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4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins" , 1995 - 1997

TSgt. Salvatore DiGennaro

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4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins" , 2002 - 2005
DCC-4th FS Flagship from 02 to 05...this was a no-starting machine at this time!

SSgt. Scott Gandy

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649 CLSS , 1991 - 1992
On crew rebuilding after damage from SA-2 hit over Iraq


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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