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. [Photo by Kim McCreight]
I can't believe how amazing it is that this aircraft was fixed twice. Simply unbelievable! What is even more amazing is that it's STILL flying with the IAF. It's a testament to the engineers who designed it and the technicians that maintain it.
Posted by discofishing on Fri 11 Feb 2011 11:11:04 PM CET
Acft 377 was assigned to the 906 TFG at WPAFB around the time frame of 1988 until they closed the unit in 1994. Acft 377 was a Code 1 jet, for six straight years. The crew chief that crewed 377 for those six years, took obvious pride in his plane, Knowing that it had crashed two times prior. His knowledge and pride from the 377 days during those six years, is still being honor at the 445 AW on C-5 aircraft. He is presently a crew chief in the Air Force Reserve. He will be honor to read this website.
Posted by Guest on Thu 24 May 2007 05:36:29 PM CEST
79-377 was assigned to the 429TFS @ Nellis. "K Bob" Hunter was the pilot and as you can see he had to be cut out of the cockpit. K Bob is currently the Wg/CC for the "Tacos" @ Kirtland AFB.
Posted by Guest on Fri 02 Dec 2005 06:47:35 AM CET
i was at nellis when this happened. i was with the 474tfw- 428ags. i was there at the site. notice how they cut the canopy.
Posted by Guest on Thu 03 Nov 2005 12:33:43 AM CET
I was stationed at Nellis AFB NV when this mishap happened, it was 1983 a/c 78-315 then the plane ended up at Hahn AB W. Germany as a F-16C blk 25 because we had 2 F-16's with the same numbers but 1315 & 315
Posted by Guest on Tue 13 Sep 2005 06:29:25 PM CEST
I was a crew chief stationed at MacDill AFB when the second accident occured. I can confirm Dennis Brant's summation of accident there. However, while 0377 did accomplish another flip, the damage was not nearly as extensive as the first accident. I still have a copy of the base newspaper showing that the damage to be minimal. Another MacDill F-16, a "B" model (serial unknown), had the same throttle problem some months later. It became airborne again after the crew landed the aircraft and ejected due to the inability to bring it to a stop also. Subsequently, it stalled out in a nose up attitude and contacted the runway on it's tail. The aircraft was a total loss.
Posted by Guest on Wed 15 Jun 2005 07:30:35 PM CEST
phantom phixer 414OT&E \'79-\'83
base x would be nellis, approx date would be about 1982. plane engaged cable at take off end with nose gear and flipped. pilot was in cockpit for hours while fire dept and hydrazine response team decided who was going in first. As someone says it was cut behind the pilot and then the pilot was removed. I didn't notice a tail # because there were many f-16 crashes at nellis in the early 80's.
Posted by Guest on Wed 18 May 2005 07:35:02 AM CEST
Adams, H. L.
Gents I was at EOR at Base x when this happened. The pilot wes cut out of the cockpit and the jet was repaired (circa 19810
Posted by Guest on Sat 19 Mar 2005 11:21:20 PM CET
I'm amazed they fixed it the first time, let alone the second! I can picture the disclaimer given to Israel about the damage history - Only two minor damage incidents...
Posted by Guest on Tue 19 Oct 2004 11:45:28 AM CEST
79-0377 was transferred from AMARC storage to the Israel Defense Air Forces under Peace Marble IV in 1995. Looked great at time of transfer. dca
Posted by Guest on Wed 17 Sep 2003 05:22:36 PM CEST
The plane was rebuilt twice at Hill AFB in Utah. It had the nickname "twice as nice" after that.
Posted by Guest on Fri 25 Jul 2003 10:08:05 PM CEST
This aircraft is 79-0377, It was rebuilt and was assigned to the 63rd TFTS at Macdill AFB in Florida in 1986. This same aircraft about 1 year later was involved in a broken throttle cable incident 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 and ended up in the same condition that it is here. deja vu.
Posted by Guest on Wed 09 Jul 2003 04:12:19 AM CEST