Hurricane Andrew F-16's Destroyed

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Unread post19 May 2006, 21:22

I've always heard that three aircraft were left behind at Homestead AFB, Florida in August 1992 during hurricane Andrew. Records only show two aircraft written off. The photos below show three unique aircraft that where damaged by hurricane Andrew. One of the aircraft was turned into a GF-16. The first two photos are identified as aircraft written off. But the third photo is of an unidentified F-16.

My theory or question is whether this F-16 was the one that crashed a few months earlier on April 24, 1992. That one is F-16C 89-2110 that had a crash landing and may have been left at the base during the hurricane. I wonder if that is why it is partly on a flat bed trailer. Can't imagine it got up there by the wind, although that is possible. Think it was on the trailer and was shifted during the storm. Also, I would have guessed that this F-16 was the most damage and least likely to have been written off. Any one can help with this?


USAF F-16C block 40 #88-0465 from the 307th FS is heavily damaged on the Homestead AFB tarmac in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which struck the area on August 24th, 1992. The aircraft was repaired and now flies with the 35th FS at Kunsan AB. [USAF photo by MSgt. Don Wetterman]



USAF F-16C block 40 #89-2146 from the 307th FS is damaged on the Homestead AFB tarmac in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which struck the area on August 24th, 1992. [USAF photo by MSgt. Don Wetterman]



Pieces of a demolished F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft lie on top of a truck in a destroyed hangar. The damage was caused by Hurricane Andrew, which struck the area on August 24th, 1992. [USAF photo by MSgt. Don Wetterman]
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Unread post19 May 2006, 22:58

Hello Jon,

You are right. The Viper in question is indeed 89-2110[/serial]. My records says that [serial]89-2146 is the GF-16.

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Unread post19 May 2006, 23:11

Looking closely on that Emerald Knights bird, one will see fire damage on the Port side of the intake. Definitely not hurricane damage, at least not the initial damage, anyway. I never have understood why #146 couldn't be made airworthy again. Can someone explain?

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Unread post19 May 2006, 23:19

Definitely not hurricane damage, at least not the initial damage, anyway.


Same can be said for the jet's broken back. It takes a pretty decent impact to do something like that. Looking at both the fire damage and the broken back, that looks more consistent with a crash landing (not a full-up crash), especially with the damage to the lower end of the intake (could be from sliding on the ground after some sort of landing gear collapse).
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 16:18

Henrik wrote:You are right. The Viper in question is indeed 89-2110.

Since the other thread was locked :( I'll reply here. This is a blown up crop of the above image:
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 16:22

The ones left behind were broken or otherwise not airworthy?
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 16:28

That was my understanding, Scott.
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 17:25

465 was the squadron bird in the 69th at moody in 1996, we kept a newspaper clipping with a similar pic in the front of the forms so the pilots could see what it looked like after the hurricane
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 17:32

Why has the other topic been locked :?:

I`ve seen topics merged, but never locked and honestly don`t understand this?
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 20:55

Actually it's broken in two but is being held together by all the wire bundles running fore and aft, my jet 87-363 was about the same way, wires held it together.
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 21:26

I was at Homstead before the hurricane. The emerald knight jet is on a flat bed that was in a hangar after it crashed during an FCF earlier in the year.
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 22:20

So from this and the other topic the serial was really AF89-2110?

Seems like we have solved a mystery, Gentlemen :D
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 22:56

2110, crashed around June/July, 0465 and 2146 had PDU issues I belive
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Unread post04 Jan 2007, 22:57

On the FCF takeoff the aircraft pulled nose up. The acft didn't continue it's max climb, instead it leveled off and was coming in for an emergency landing. Turkey feathers were tight and acft not accelerating, so the engine was in secondary mode. As the plane was orbiting for a landing the engine quit. The pilot tried to land, but it came down hard on the side of the runway. The acft split behind the canopy, rupturing the F1 fuel cell. As the pilot was raising the canopy the jet cought on fire (hence the burnt area at the split). Pilot made it out, but was badly injured.
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Unread post05 Jan 2007, 01:18

I was a "Wild Duck" at the time and am very proud to say no Blue tails were left behind......"Quack Quack Quack"

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