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Airframe Details for F-16 #88-0538




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Aircraft: : 88-0538
LM Aero T/V 1C-140
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 88538
F-16C Block 40D
Current USAF 88538
F-16C Block 40D
Status [act]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
16 May 1990 [act] 88538 F-16C Block 40D
Jun 1990 [act] 88538 USAF 69 TFS 'MY' F-16C Block 40D
01 Oct 1991 [act] 88538 USAF 69 FS 'MY' F-16C Block 40D
Feb 1992 [act] 88538 USAF 308 FS 'HS' F-16C Block 40D
Jun 1994 [act] 88538 USAF 36 FS 'OS' F-16C Block 40D
Jul 1998 [act] 88538 USAF 36 FS 'OS' F-16C Block 40D "Strange Luck"
Special characteristics:
  • Nose Art
Very short term nose art. Sent on a TDY to Singapore as a spare but ended up being operated extensively when primary aircraft broke. So 'Strange Luck' nose art was added but during one of the sorties, the aircraft past mach one and the nose art was wrecked.
Aug 1998 [act] 88538 USAF 36 FS 'OS' F-16C Block 40D

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SSgt. Jonathan Gessner

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36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" , 2007 - 2008

TSgt. Frank Matanane

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36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" , 2005 - 2006
Top Steed Apr 06

SrA. Andrew Steven Talero

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36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" , 2010 - 2010
Flew code one with me all 3 times I launched it so far...then sh*tted out when I went to phase for a week, and start system completely failed, I plan to make this jet special to me because this is the 1st jet with a real mission (to shoot and bomb the chongers!) and I plan to dedicate and put the name of a marine in my brother's unit in Afghanistan who died. It will say "To: Lcpl Chris Baltazar: You became an angel to protect your brothers from above and drop hell on the Chongers below"

SrA. Sie Williams

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36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" , 1994 - 1995
Jet was uneventful, typical jet. The tour was okay and could have been better. I didn't make the most out of it and regret that.


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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