F-16 Accidents

Thunderbird no. 6 ejection at Mt. Home airshow in 2003 [Photo by SSgt Bennie J. Davis III - Still Photographer, USAF]


  • Anonymous on 2005-Sep-21 23:47:38 Anonymous said


    I had a better angle on this. I was just out of picture lower left BEHIND the aircraft. Although this makes a better photo, I don't think I would have wanted to be this close to a pilotless aircraft, just before it bellied into the desert sand in Mtn. Home
  • William F. Slater, III on 2010-Oct-18 01:18:05 William F. Slater, III said

    Thunderbird Ejection in Idaho, in September 2003

    I understand the pilot, Captain Christopher Strickland, didn't properly set his altimiter prior to takeoff. I also heard when his wife camme to visit him in the hospital, he thought she had "grown" because the spinal compression from the ejection made him about 2.5 inches shorter.


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  • Aircraft Database: F-16 #87327

    Crashed during a demonstration at Mountain Home AB, Idaho. The pilot, Capt. Chris Stricklin, misjudged the altitude required to perform a split-S manoeuvre and started the pull down at only 1,670ft (510m) instead of the required 2,500ft (760m). The error most likely resulted from using an incorrect airfield altitude. Capt. Stricklin ejected only 8/10 of a second, at an altitude of 140ft (42m), before impact. The aircraft brought in to replace it was 86-0281.

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