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Airframe Details for F-16 #78-0046

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Aircraft: : 78-0046
LM Aero T/V 61-42
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 78046
F-16A Block 5
Current USAF 78046
F-16A Block 5
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
08 Jan 1980 [act] 78046 F-16A Block 5
09 Jan 1980 [act] 78046 USAF 34 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 5
Unknown [act] 78046 USAF 4 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 5
05 Aug 1981 [msh] 78046 USAF 4 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 5
Crashed in the Utah Test & Training Range, killing the pilot, Captain J. Edgington Moats at 14:54 hours. All USAF F-16's were grounded two days later. It was the F-16's second grounding. Cause of accident was a malfunctioning bleed air valve which allowed bleed air to leak out onto the EPU, causing an electrical surge that shut down the flight control computer. The pilot initiated ejection, but was too late.
05 Aug 1981 [w/o] 78046 USAF 4 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 5 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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