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US F-16 crashes in Germany, pilot ejects safely
A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed Tuesday afternoon near the German town of Zemmer-Rodt, Air Force and German officials said.
Belgian F-16B crashes in France - Pilots OK
A Belgian Air Force F-16B crashed today around 10:30hrs near the French town of Pluvignert in Brittany during a standard training flight. The jet just missed a local house as it went down but both aircrew were able to safely eject.
Lockheed Martin awarded $800 million Slovakia F-16 fighter jet contract
Lockheed Martin Corp., doing business as Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $799,955,939 firm-fixed-price incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production.
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F-16 fleet - Oct 23, 2019
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 151
write-off: 610
preserved: 149
stored: 606
instructional: 105
on order: 0
active: 2943
Changes '18/'19:
Fleet adds: 0
Fleet drop: 42
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23 Oct 1989
F-16 teams sweep Gunsmoke '89 bombing and munitions competition.
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Flies high, it dies; low and slow, it'll go.
-- From Murphy's Laws of Combat Operations
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Landed with failed leading edge flap
USAF #78044
F-16A Block 5
In Lt. Col. Pat "Gums" McAdoo's words:

"I was the first Viper pilot to successfully land the thing with a failed leading edge flap. Was early spring/late winter 1982. Maybe 20 March, tail number 044, as that log entry shows 0.3 hours and a precision approach. Weather was not ll that keen. Have the HUD video in VHS format."

"Maintenance troops had failed to insert a 'keeper' bolt that is supposed to keep the flap drive tubes from slipping apart. It's like a cotter key on a bolt. The flap drive motor has a spline gear on it and the drive tube has gear teeth that match up. So the drive tube gradually slipped out from the motor spline gear. When I rotated, the drive tube slid all the way out and the leading edge flap went up until the wing upper surface stopped it. Maybe 50-60 degrees. Another troop had his fail a few months later and the flap went to 90 degrees because he was going a lot faster when the drive tube failed. So I was at 160 knots and holding full left stick. Post-flight data revealed that I had about one pound of control authority for banking left. So I was holding 15-16 pounds of left stick the whole time. "

"I stayed at 170-180 knots, as I could still maintain control and wasn't gonna play Chuck Yeager more than I had to. Nevertheless, I was the first troop to fly the thing in that configuration, so everything was new territory. Bunted over to get opposite flap 2 degrees up and locked the flaps( LEF's go up when bunting over, or when weight is on wheels). I now had both LEF's up, and it seemed to help with the roll authority. Additionally, that other flap wasn't gonna be moving all over the place, and this kept things a little more predictable. "

"Came around on the ILS and landed in one helluva crab. The drag was so great that I almost landed short when I pulled off the power. As I was coming in a lot hotter than normal, I thought I would land long. heh heh, sucker dropped like a rock and I was able to make a mid-field turn off."

Exact date of this mishap is not known, but did happen in 1982.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Scooter"

Alabama judge called me "scooter" in front of my immediate chain of command who were "character" witnesses at a hearing for me doing 102mph in a 55mph zone (also a well known speed trap, which I didnt know). The ticket got tossed, but the nick name followed me forever.
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  Lt.Col. Mike "Brillo" Brill

| 466 FS | 421 FS  
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  Lt.Col. Robert "T. Rex" Carpenter , Jr

| 162 FW | 148 FS | 1 sqn  
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| 179 FS | 179 FS  
3,000 Hours 3,000 Hrs
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| 151 Filo | 132 Filo  
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