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Aircraft: 86-0281
LM Aero T/V 5C-387
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 86281
F-16C Block 32D
Current USAF 86281
F-16C Block 32D
Status [i/a]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
18 Nov 1987 [act] 86281 F-16C Block 32D
Dec 1987 [act] 86281 USAF 422 TES 'WA' F-16C Block 32D
Unknown [act] 86281 USAF 64 AS 'WA' F-16C Block 32D
Bort number '81'
Unknown [act] 86281 USAF 414 CTS 'WA' F-16C Block 32D
Bort number '81'
Sep 1994 [act] 86281 USAF 704 FS 'TX' F-16C Block 32D
Mar 1996 [act] 86281 USAF 93 FS 'FM' F-16C Block 32D
Unknown [act] 86281 USAF 302 FS 'LR' F-16C Block 32D
Jun 2002 [act] 86281 USAF 184 FS 'FS' F-16C Block 32D
Apr 2004 [act] 86281 USAF USAF ADS F-16C Block 32D
Special characteristics:
  • Display team: Thunderbirds
Thunderbird single-seater in the 2004 - 2008 timeframe. Replaced the Thunderbird that crashed on September 14th, 2003 (#87-0327). It had number 5 attached on April 1st, 2005. Is the no. 1 for the 2006 season.
11 Jan 2010 [i/a] 86281 USAF 82 TRW F-16C Block 32D
Came from Hill AFB as a one time flight to Sheppard AFB with a cracked bulkhead to become a GF-16C for the crew chief school. The aircraft arrived with the smoke generater and no JFS doors or tanks.

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TSgt. Michael Denney

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64th Aggressor Squadron "Aggressors" , -

2nd Lt. Jeremy Curbey

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USAF - Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" , 2003 - 2007

TSgt. Ernest Olivares

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USAF AETC - 362d Training Squadron , 2010 - 2011
Spent a year at Sheppard AFB molding a new generation of F-16 Crew Chiefs. Almost every one of my active duty students had orders to Korea fresh out of tech. Taught more Guard and Reserve than anything because of the shrinking number of active duty F-16 units. We converted from our old A-Models to the old block 32 T-birds. My students and I took care of 281, funny because a 281 was the designation for the inspection our Instructor Supervisors did on us periodically to make sure we were teaching IAW USAF standards. I really enjoyed teaching, but I missed crewin' the line so I palace chased to the Reserves and got picked up by Lockheed Martin workin' the first F-35 production models back at Eglin.

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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