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Airframe Details for F-16 #89-2131




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Aircraft: : 89-2131
LM Aero T/V 1C-284
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 89131
F-16C Block 40G
Current USAF 89131
F-16C Block 40G
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
19 Apr 1991 [act] 89131 F-16C Block 40G
May 1991 [act] 89131 USAF 31 TFW 'HS' F-16C Block 40G
01 Oct 1991 [act] 89131 USAF 31 FW 'HS' F-16C Block 40G
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 31 FW
Apr 1993 [act] 89131 USAF 68 FS 'MY' F-16C Block 40G
Jul 1995 [act] 89131 USAF 34 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40G
May 1997 [act] 89131 USAF 34 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40G
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 34 FS
08 Jan 1998 [msh] 89131 USAF 34 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40G News Article
Crashed while on a bombing run at the Test and Training Range, 100 miles west from home base, Hill near Salt Lake City. The pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Judd Kelley, ejected safely. A US Army HH-60 Black Hawk rescued him. The 388th Fighter Wing cancelled all flying for two days. The cause of the crash was due to a missing combustion diffuser pressure seal in the engine. Lack of parts forced the rebuild of the engine to take seven months. Proper daily maintenance logs were not kept to show what work had been preformed. The overheated engine caused it to seize, and no chance for a restart. The aircraft had flown for almost eighteen months without the seal before the crash.
08 Jan 1998 [w/o] 89131 USAF 34 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40G AIB Report

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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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