F-16 Aircraft Database

Airframe Details for F-16 #78-0023

F-16 Aircraft Profile

Aircraft: : 78-0023
LM Aero T/V 61-29
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 78023
F-16A Block 5
Current USAF 78023
F-16A Block 5
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
11 Oct 1979 [act] 78023 F-16A Block 5
12 Oct 1979 [act] 78023 USAF 16 TFTS 'HL' F-16A Block 5
26 Mar 1980 [msh] 78023 USAF 16 TFTS 'HL' F-16A Block 5
Destroyed in a fire due to an engine failure that sent some turbine parts through the main fuel cells. The pilot, D.W. Bell, was from the Operational, Test & Evaluation squadron but using 388th TFW aircraft ejected safely after trying to restart the engine. The fact that the aircraft did not blow up was a relief to some early pilots as they were not convinced that the new designed fuel cells would perform as advertised. The fuel cells are sealed partitions in the fuselage. However, the major concern was about the fly by wire flight control system and what happened if the power was totally lost if the flight controls went "stupid". It was well understood that loss of flight controls could cause 20 Gs in less than a quarter of a second.
26 Mar 1980 [w/o] 78023 USAF 16 TFTS 'HL' F-16A Block 5

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.

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 Did you see incorrect, incomplete, or outdated data?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.