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Airframe Details for F-16 #78-0294

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Aircraft: 78-0294
LM Aero T/V 6K-23
Plant Fokker
Local C/N L-080
Delivered RNoAF 294
F-16A Block 10B
Current RNoAF 294
F-16A Block 10B
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
27 Nov 1981 [act] 294 F-16A Block 10B
30 Nov 1981 [act] 294 RNoAF 332 skv F-16A Block 10B
Sep 1987 [act] 294 RNoAF 338 skv F-16A Block 10B
05 Apr 1989 [msh] 294 RNoAF 338 skv F-16A Block 10B
Collided with F-16A (78-0287, 287) over Sula, Norway killing one of the pilots, Rune Hernes. He was unable to eject and followed the aircraft until it impacted the ocean. The reason was he lost his entire vertical tail in the collision. When he tried to eject he was in a fast rotating flat spin. The canopy released as it was supposed to, but the two wires attached to the canopy that are supposed to flip a on the seat to tell the seat 'the canopy has cleared', failed. This was caused by a modification yet not performed on this particular aircraft. The two wires ran through two 'metal tubes/pipes' directly behind the seat. The modification was to change these two straight pipes to pipes that expanded at the top (like the end of a trumpet/trombone). Since the aircraft was spinning, the two wires were sheared off by the pipe when they were streched out. The seat than refused to fire, as the valve remained in the wrong position.
05 Apr 1989 [w/o] 294 RNoAF 338 skv F-16A Block 10B

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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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