F16 jettisoned triple racks and one pylon during training.

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Unread post14 Jul 2021, 06:04

During release of the dumb bomb one of the triple racks was released_ not by pilot action (only right side one dropped ). I guess the bolts failed (guessing during pulling out maneuver under the G's) This happened before? How trim nobs can be use to cancel asymmetrical dragging from other pylons on the left side?
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Unread post14 Jul 2021, 10:01

What specific incident are you referring to? (Romanian MLU?)
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Unread post14 Jul 2021, 13:25

Exactly
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Unread post14 Jul 2021, 17:27

Romanian F-16 fighter jet loses fuel tank during training flight

An F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet of the Romanian Air Force lost a fuel tank and a pylon during a training flight in the area of ​​the Mălina range, eastern Romania.

The aircraft belongs to the 53rd Fighter Squadron based in the 86th Air Base, in Borcea. Romania acquired two batches of second-hand F-16A/B Block 15 MLU fighters from Portugal. Deliveries started in 2019, with the last of the 17 aircraft delivered in March 2021, completing the 53rd Fighter Squadron.

The fighter was carrying out a ground strike mission when the components detached from the aircraft.

“From the first information reported by the pilot, at the time of launching a training bomb, there was an uncontrolled detachment of an external fuel tank and the triple hook pylon on the right side of the aircraft, materials that fell in the area intended for air-ground fire from polygon,” reported the Romanian Air Force in a statement. “The incident did not endanger the life of the pilot or other people, nor the integrity of the aircraft or other properties and goods on the ground.”

The F-16 managed to land safely back at its base. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force appointed a commission to investigate the incident.

https://www.aerotime.aero/28370-romania ... ium=social





It would be nothing more than speculation as to what actually happened - if they can publish the results of the investigation then that might be useful.
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Unread post16 Jul 2021, 19:44

Which was it, a triple rack or a fuel tank/pylon or both?
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Unread post17 Jul 2021, 06:05

Pretty remarkable from what I read, that there was no integrity loss of the quite well aged aircraft nonetheless and that the aircraft could still safely land asymmetrically with only one EFT under one wing?

That said, respects to Romanian AF and 53rd squadron... hopefully the incident can be resolved and any practical technical fixes applied in order to mitigate such a future similar incident.
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Unread post17 Jul 2021, 11:08

johnwill wrote:Which was it, a triple rack or a fuel tank/pylon or both?

Both units
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Unread post18 Jul 2021, 03:35

block4 wrote:Pretty remarkable from what I read, that there was no integrity loss of the quite well aged aircraft nonetheless and that the aircraft could still safely land asymmetrically with only one EFT under one wing?

That said, respects to Romanian AF and 53rd squadron... hopefully the incident can be resolved and any practical technical fixes applied in order to mitigate such a future similar incident.


During FSD flight test in 1977, an F-16 took off with 2 GBU-12 bombs on Stations 3/7 for a separation test of a single 2200 lb. weapon. Then the landing was made with a single weapon, which was also a test objective.. The pilot had no difficulty landing with that unbalanced load, which is much more unbalanced than a probably empty 370 tank.

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