November 14, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - Vermont ANG's oldest F-16C #83-1165 'Lethal Lady' flew her final mission Friday afternoon. The 25-year-old fighter jet is a national record holder having clocked more than 7,200 flying hours in both peace time and combat missions.
USAF F-16C block 25 #83-1165 from the 134th FS. This is an updated picture of the first F-16C to fly 7,000 hours.
Originally slated to go to the boneyard in Tucson, 'Lethal Lady' was saved by a local and national effort to preserve her. Officials say the plane will eventually find a permanent home with the Smithsonian in Washington.
For now according to Col. "TJ" Jackman the jet will be a permanent fixture at our base and be displayed in our aircraft museum.
Air Guard officials say her longevity is a testament to the Guard's maintenance team.
"I think it's more pride than sadness. I mean we are happy to get our newer block 30
airplanes-- with 1165 achieving its last flight in Vermont. What that means to us is that we have now achieved that we have all of our newer F-16s on staff -- so it's a step forward, it's a step to the future for the Vermont Air National Guard," said Col. Dave Baczewski, of the Vt. Air National Guard.
The jet logged more than 1,000 of those hours during Operation Iraqi Freedom.