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Aircraft: 83-1116
LM Aero T/V 61-669
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 83116
F-16A Block 15S
Current USAF 83116
F-16A Block 15S
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
01 Feb 1985 [act] 83116 F-16A Block 15S
02 Feb 1985 [act] 83116 USAF 363 TFW 'SW' F-16A Block 15S
Dec 1985 [act] 83116 USAF 13 TFS 'MJ' F-16A Block 15S
Jun 1987 [act] 83116 USAF 308 TFS 'HS' F-16A Block 15S
04 Jan 1989 [msh] 83116 USAF 308 TFS 'HS' F-16A Block 15S News Article
Impacted the ground by Lake Okeechobee near Avon Park range. The pilot, Lt. Mark Pugh ejected safely. It was being flown on a surface attack/tactics mission and he was number four in the formation. While egressing the target area at 515 knots his canopy struck an approximately 8-pound turkey buzzard directly in front of the HUD. The bird's remains penetrated the canopy (this was the first USAF penetration of an F-16 canopy) and hit Pugsly in the chest knocking his left hand onto the ejection handle and his right arm off the sidestick back against the bulkhead. He could only see a small gap near his left hand on the ejection handle which seemed like a good idea so he ejected. The airplane continued and crashed off-range killing a cow. Pugsly's injuries were confined to bruises and lacerations from the canopy plexiglass. He flew again in several weeks and continued as an F-16 LANTIRN and F-15E RTU Instructor Pilot.
04 Jan 1989 [w/o] 83116 USAF 308 TFS 'HS' F-16A Block 15S

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Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available
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