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Airframe Details for F-16 #78-0044




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Aircraft: : 78-0044
LM Aero T/V 61-40
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 78044
F-16A Block 5
Current USAF AAFG0440
F-16A Block 5
Status [sto]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
17 Dec 1979 [act] 78044 F-16A Block 5
18 Dec 1979 [act] 78044 USAF 34 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 5
20 Mar 1982 [msh] 78044 USAF 34 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 5 Interview
Landed with failed leading edge flap
In Lt. Col. Pat "Gums" McAdoo's words:

"I was the first Viper pilot to successfully land the thing with a failed leading edge flap. Was early spring/late winter 1982. Maybe 20 March, tail number 044, as that log entry shows 0.3 hours and a precision approach. Weather was not ll that keen. Have the HUD video in VHS format."

"Maintenance troops had failed to insert a 'keeper' bolt that is supposed to keep the flap drive tubes from slipping apart. It's like a cotter key on a bolt. The flap drive motor has a spline gear on it and the drive tube has gear teeth that match up. So the drive tube gradually slipped out from the motor spline gear. When I rotated, the drive tube slid all the way out and the leading edge flap went up until the wing upper surface stopped it. Maybe 50-60 degrees. Another troop had his fail a few months later and the flap went to 90 degrees because he was going a lot faster when the drive tube failed. So I was at 160 knots and holding full left stick. Post-flight data revealed that I had about one pound of control authority for banking left. So I was holding 15-16 pounds of left stick the whole time. "

"I stayed at 170-180 knots, as I could still maintain control and wasn't gonna play Chuck Yeager more than I had to. Nevertheless, I was the first troop to fly the thing in that configuration, so everything was new territory. Bunted over to get opposite flap 2 degrees up and locked the flaps( LEF's go up when bunting over, or when weight is on wheels). I now had both LEF's up, and it seemed to help with the roll authority. Additionally, that other flap wasn't gonna be moving all over the place, and this kept things a little more predictable. "

"Came around on the ILS and landed in one helluva crab. The drag was so great that I almost landed short when I pulled off the power. As I was coming in a lot hotter than normal, I thought I would land long. heh heh, sucker dropped like a rock and I was able to make a mid-field turn off."

Exact date of this mishap is not known, but did happen in 1982.
Apr 1983 [act] 78044 USAF 311 TFTS 'LF' F-16A Block 5
May 1991 [act] 78044 USAF 121 TFS 'DC' F-16A Block 5
Oct 1991 [act] 78044 USAF AATC F-16A Block 5
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: AATC
Unknown [act] 78044 USAF AATC F-16A Block 5
Unknown [act] 78044 USAF AATC 'AZ' F-16A Block 5
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 162 FW
28 Apr 2000 [sto] AAFG0440 USAF AMARC 'AZ' F-16A Block 5

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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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