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.
Posted by Guest on Mon 04 Jun 2012 09:04:59 AM CEST
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.
Posted by Guest on Tue 26 Aug 2008 06:36:57 PM CEST
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.
Posted by Guest on Sun 06 Jul 2008 05:55:51 PM CEST
Even though this is an "electric" jet, it can still tae a lot of punishment. In fact, being an FBW aircraft probably helped.
Posted by Guest on Thu 02 Jun 2005 06:23:44 PM CEST
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.
Posted by Guest on Sun 24 Apr 2005 09:24:37 PM CEST