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Airframe Details for F-16 #79-0316

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Aircraft: : 79-0316
LM Aero T/V 61-101
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 79316
F-16A Block 10
Current USAF 79316
F-16A Block 10
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
26 Aug 1980 [act] 79316 F-16A Block 10
27 Aug 1980 [act] 79316 USAF 421 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 10
10 Apr 1981 [msh] 79316 USAF 421 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 10
At 1:09 local time the main generator warning light came on and the EPU started. The pilot Major John Cary who was part of a four ship flight advised of his emergency and tried to make it to Buckley ANGB. After flying in for five minutes on the EPU, that failed and flight controls were lost. Major Cary ejected at 1000 feet with a 90 degree nose down near Elizabeth, Colorado. Injuries were sore neck, chipped tooth and swollen eye which resulted in temporary blindness. This was caused by the high negative G's the aircraft pulled (-6G during a pitch down). The reason for the failure was due to an EPU overspeed which caused an over voltage to the flight control computer causing it to shut down.
10 Apr 1981 [w/o] 79316 USAF 421 TFS 'HL' F-16A Block 10 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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