Battle damage to the bottom of the intake for F-16C block 40 #88-0488 of the 4th TFS during Desert Storm. [Photo by Patrick McGee]
on 2005-Apr-24 21:24:37 Anonymous said
This 4 TFS "Fightin Fuujin" aircraft was hit over Baghdad by an SA-3 (pilot's video and screaming flight lead confirm it). The jet took severe frag damage and was piloted by Capt Tim Bopp. He flew the severely damaged Viper all the way back to Dharhan, Saudi Arabia. The aircraft came back to Hill AFB UT in a crate.
on 2005-Jun-02 18:23:44 Anonymous said
Even though this is an "electric" jet, it can still tae a lot of punishment. In fact, being an FBW aircraft probably helped.
on 2008-Jul-06 17:55:51 Tom Smith (USAF Retired) said
Wrong Tail #
I'm about 100% positive this picture is actually the left intake of 88-0495, because I was there as part of 495's recovery team.
on 2008-Aug-26 18:36:57 Tailflash said
Wrong Tail Number (verified)
Yup, F-16CG 88-0495. 'Was packed-n-crated and shipped to OO-ALC; rebuilt at 649 CLSS. I have one of the panels with SAM damage as a souvenir. 'Aircraft is now a wing (or squadron) flag ship in 388th FW.
on 2012-Jun-04 09:04:59 Mike L said
The photo is correct as-labeled
Actually, this one IS 88-0488. I was assigned to the 4th when this happened. I don't recall where it landed initially, somewhere in Saudi. It was field repaired and flown back to al Minhad, where we inspected it thoroughly. It was eventually cleared for a one-time flight back to OO-ALC. The fuselage damage was from anti-aircraft fire.
88-0495 was hit (at a different time) by an SA-3, and was returned in crates, but this photo is definitely 88-0488.