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Airframe Details for F-16 #79-0377




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Aircraft: : 79-0377
LM Aero T/V 61-162
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 79377
F-16A Block 10A
Current IDFAF 755
F-16A Block 10A
Status [sto]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
17 Feb 1981 [act] 79377 F-16A Block 10A
18 Feb 1981 [act] 79377 USAF 429 TFS 'NA' F-16A Block 10A
Unknown [msh] 79377 USAF 429 TFS 'NA' F-16A Block 10A
Twice as Nice
This USAF F-16 crashed twice, but was repaired both times - hence it got named 'Twice as Nice'. It was later sold to Israel. The first crash was in 1984 - sometimes when aircraft systems designers integrate various components into an airframe, they forget to examine what happens if a component should fail. Such was the case in the original F-16 design. An electrical connector (cannon plug) came loose and unfortunately the wiring for critical components like brakes and arrestor hook all went through the same connector. The pilot attempted to land the aircraft and engage the arrestor wires. Both wires were missed and the aircraft went off the end of the runway. The pilot stayed with the aircraft and the rescue crews had to cut through the canopy to reach hime - the hole in the canopy can be seen in the photo. After this accident they changed the electrical schematic and wiring harness so that those features went through different connectors now. The second crash occurred a few years later. Cause of mishap was a stuck throttle cable at 70% power. The incident happened at MacDill and the pilot landed the aircraft then ejected when he couldn't stop it. It then went off the end of the runway.
Jan 1986 [act] 79377 USAF 63 TFTS 'MC' F-16A Block 10A
The aircraft was rebuilt and active at MacDill AFB, Florida.
18 Feb 1987 [msh] 79377 USAF 63 TFTS 'MC' F-16A Block 10A
Aircraft crashed for the second time and was rebuilt again, and was called "Twice as Nice" from then on. Cause of mishap was a stuck throttle cable at 70% power. Incident happened at MacDill and the pilot landed the aircraft then ejected when he couldn't stop it. It then went off the end of the runway.
Unknown [act] 79377 USAF 63 TFTS 'MC' F-16A Block 10A "Twice as Nice"
Aircraft was rebuilt once again.
Oct 1989 [act] 79377 USAF 466 TFS 'HI' F-16A Block 10A
Nov 1990 [act] 79377 USAF 89 TFS 'DO' F-16A Block 10A "City of Youngstown"
Name in small letters on the nose.
01 Feb 1992 [act] 79377 USAF 89 FS 'DO' F-16A Block 10A "City of Youngstown"
Name in small letters on the nose.
31 Mar 1994 [sto] AAFG0123 USAF AMARC F-16A Block 10A
26 Jul 1994 [act] 755 F-16A Block 10A
FMS Program: Peace Marble IV
FMS Serial: M10-27

Unknown [act] 755 IDFAF 144 sqn F-16A Block 10A
Jun 2007 [act] 755 IDFAF 140 sqn F-16A Block 10A
Apr 2013 [sto] 755 F-16A Block 10A
At Ovda AB.

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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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