F-16 Fighting Falcon News

F-16 continues positive safety trend in 1997

January 26, 1998 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Lockheed Martin F-16 continued to improve its safety record during 1997, ending the calendar year with an annual mishap rate of 2. 7losses per 100, 000 flight hours in U.S. Air Force service.

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The USAF logged more than a third of a million flight hours with the Fighting Falcon last year. The service's F-16 cumulative loss rate since it first started flying the aircraft now stands at 4. 2 losses per 100, 000flight hours, with a trend of continuous improvement each year.

The F-16 safety statistics are consistent with the fact that 1997, overall, was one of the safest flying years ever for the entire Department of Defense.