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Airframe Details for F-16 #89-2110




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Aircraft: : 89-2110
LM Aero T/V 1C-263
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 89110
F-16C Block 40G
Current USAF 89110
F-16C Block 40G
Status [i/a]
482FW Weapons EOR crew were the first ones at the crash site. Jack Bartleson helped pull the pilot clear of the fire.


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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
21 Feb 1991 [act] 89110 F-16C Block 40G
22 Feb 1991 [act] 89110 USAF 308 TFS 'HS' F-16C Block 40G
01 Oct 1991 [act] 89110 USAF 308 FS 'HS' F-16C Block 40G
24 Apr 1992 [msh] 89110 USAF 308 FS 'HS' F-16C Block 40G
Three days prior to the accident the engine was installed by SSgt Al Lynch, SSgt Stewart Baily, SSGT Jim Biggs, Sgt Paula Forness, AIC Jerrod Whittaker and AIC Jason Wollever. After several delays, the aircraft was launched by SSGT Scott Ramsour. The aircraft taxied and went to EOR arm crew. On take-off the engine lost power and the pilot climbed to MSA to bring the aircraft back to the base. The aircraft made an emergency landing attempt and struck the approach overrun area 100 yards short of the runway on the right side. The main landing failed and the aircraft collapsed along with the nose landing gear. The aircraft came to rest between the taxiway and runway after sliding 1,500 feet. The pilot raised the canopy electrically and tried to climb out but couldn't since his G-suite hose was still connected. He was burned and recieved injuries to his back and spine but did survive after being rescued by the fire brigade. The pilot, Captain Mark A. Merkel, was initialy rescued by passing personel. The cause of the accident was determined to be a faulty augmentor fan control unit (AFT).
24 Apr 1992 [w/o] 89110 USAF 308 FS 'HS' F-16C Block 40G AIB Report
28 Aug 1992 [i/a] 89110 USAF 308 FS 'HS' F-16C Block 40G
Wreck was stored in a hanger at Homestead AFB when Hurricane Andrew hit causing further damage, but the aircraft would have been a write off any way.
Feb 2002 [i/a] 89110 F-16C Block 40G
Wreckage at Newton AP, Kansas.

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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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