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Aircraft: 86-0263
LM Aero T/V 5C-369
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 86263
F-16C Block 30D
Current USAF 86263
F-16C Block 30D
Status [sto]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
30 Oct 1987 [act] 86263 F-16C Block 30D
Nov 1987 [act] 86263 USAF 52 TFW 'SP' F-16C Block 30D
Jun 1990 [act] 86263 USAF 612 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30D
Nov 1990 [act] 86263 USAF 612 TFS 'TJ' F-16C Block 30D
Deployment: Desert Storm

Dec 1991 [act] 86263 USAF 120 TFS 'CO' F-16C Block 30D
15 Mar 1992 [act] 86263 USAF 120 FS 'CO' F-16C Block 30D
11 Oct 1994 [act] 86263 USAF 170 FS 'SI' F-16C Block 30D
Around October 1995 this aircraft was painted with markings for the 186th FS as the USAF led the unit to believe they were converting to the block 30 at this time. The air force canceled the plans stating nothing was finalized.
17 Nov 1999 [msh] 86263 USAF 170 FS 'SI' F-16C Block 30D AIB Report
Collided with F-16C (87-0240), near the town of Vermont, Illinois about eighty kilometres north of their base. One pilot landed the aircraft while the other was forced to eject. Cause is believed to have been from one of the pilots losing situational awareness. The mishap occurred as the upgrading pilot performed an air-to-air intercept on the instructor who was acting as a target and flying slow speed with lights out. A high to low intercept was flown by the upgrading pilot and he did not achieve sufficient lateral displacement for his Vc (overtaking velocity). He rolled out behind the target at 500 feet and 180 knots of overtake. An evasive maneuver was initiated at 200 feet and less than 1 second prior to impact. The right wing impacted and severed the target aircraft's left horizontal tail and severely damaged the corresponding hydraulic integrated servoacuator. The aircraft then experienced total hydraulic failure and went out of control. The instructor pilot ejected safely and the upgrading pilot flew his damaged aircraft to base.
Unknown [act] 86263 USAF 170 FS 'SI' F-16C Block 30D
Apr 2009 [act] 86263 USAF 18 AGRS 'AK' F-16C Block 30D
Apr 2017 [act] 86263 USAF 18 AGRS 'AK' F-16C Block 30D
New splinter paint scheme applied
01 May 2023 [sto] 86263 USAF AMARC 'AK' F-16C Block 30D

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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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