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Fighter to the finish, oldest F-16 pilot in the Reserve retires
Most people in the military think of their jobs as at least a 20-year sentence. You do the time to get the retirement.
Taiwanese Air Force F-16V crashes during a training mission
A Taiwanese F-16 jet (#6650) crashed on Tuesday afternoon while on a training mission over the sea. Efforts are underway to find the pilot, government sources said.
South Korean F-35 makes emergency ‘belly landing’
A South Korean F-35A jet fighter conducted an emergency "belly landing" at an air base on Tuesday after its landing gear malfunctioned due to electronic issues.
F-16 Fleet Status
F-16 fleet - Jan 20, 2022
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 203
write-off: 618
preserved: 156
stored: 527
instructional: 112
on order: 129
active: 2926
Changes '21/'22:
Fleet adds: 129
Fleet drop: 59
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Today in F-16 history
20 Jan 1974
Unintentional first flight of the first YF-16 (#72-1567), a short hop around the pattern at the hands of test pilot Phil Oestricher.
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Quote of the Day
Flying is not dangerous, crashing is.
-- Anonymous
F-16 Hall of Fame
Twice as Nice
USAF #79377
F-16A Block 10
This USAF F-16 crashed twice, but was repaired both times - hence it got named 'Twice as Nice'. It was later sold to Israel. The first crash was in 1984 - 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 (cannon plug) came loose and unfortunately the wiring for critical components like brakes and arrestor hook all went through the same connector. The pilot attempted to land the aircraft and engage the arrestor wires. Both wires were missed and the aircraft went off the end of the runway. The pilot stayed with the aircraft and the rescue crews had to cut through the canopy to reach hime - the hole in the canopy can be seen in the photo. After this accident they changed the electrical schematic and wiring harness so that those features went through different connectors now. The second crash occurred a few years later. Cause of mishap was a stuck throttle cable at 70% power. The incident happened 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.
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Callsign of the day

Callsign "Brink"

Pilot of a LYNX helicopter, parked the thing so close to a ledge that the thing was on the brink of falling over the edge, hence Brink.
Sierra Hotel
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