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Airframe Details for F-16 #79-0410

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Aircraft: 79-0410
LM Aero T/V 62-42
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 79410
F-16B Block 5
Current IDFAF 991
F-16B Block 5
Status [w/o]
When I took over the jet was a 'hanger queen'. About half of the black boxes were gone, the engine was gone, the canopy was off because both seats were being used elsewhere, even the radome was gone. I spent about two weeks trying to get all the parts missing ordered. They wanted me to get the jet up and flying within the month so we didn't have to do a 90 day calendar. Three weeks later it rolled out to the trim pad and the next day flew. In November 1981 it and two other B model jets and three A model jets went to Egypt right after the assassination of Anwar Sadat. We got there in time to participate in Bright Star and stayed after the games with the B models to train the Egyptian pilots who would be the first to fly the F-16s we were giving them - they called it Proud Falcon.

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
22 May 1980 [act] 79410 F-16B Block 5
Jun 1980 [act] 79410 USAF 16 TFTS 'HL' F-16B Block 5
Nov 1983 [act] 79410 USAF 157 TFS F-16B Block 5
Oct 1992 [act] 79410 USAF 157 FS F-16B Block 5
04 Nov 1994 [act] 991 F-16B Block 5
FMS Program: Peace Marble IV
FMS Serial: M11-9

Unknown [act] 991 IDFAF 144 sqn F-16B Block 5
07 Sep 1997 [msh] 991 IDFAF 144 sqn F-16B Block 5
The aircraft crashed in the Negev desert during an instruction flight. The crash was due to a bird ingestion. Both pilots ejected with the instructor being fine but the student being badly wounded.
07 Sep 1997 [w/o] 991 IDFAF 144 sqn F-16B Block 5

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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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