July 23, 2009 (by Bjorn Claes) - Last June, a Turkish Air Force F-16 (#89-0036) suffered a birdstrike at take-off. The aircraft was able to return safely to its base.
TuAF F-16C block 40 #89-0036 from 162 Filo has suffered a bird strike upon take-off. The aircraft landed safely. This is the result. [Photo by Emin Fýndýklý
Upon take-off, the F-16 entered a flock of four pigeons. Two hit the aircraft near the left main gear landing door. No other damage occured. The F-16 was able to land safely. Evidently, the birds were less lucky after this minor mishap.