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Airframe Details for F-16 #81-0816

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Aircraft: 81-0816
LM Aero T/V 62-85
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 81816
F-16B Block 15E
Current USAF 81816
F-16B Block 15E
Status [pre]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
22 Dec 1982 [act] 81816 F-16B Block 15E
Jul 1983 [act] 81816 USAF 6516 TS 'ED' F-16B Block 15E
01 Oct 1991 [act] 81816 USAF 416 TS 'ED' F-16B Block 15E
Special characteristics:
  • Special Colorscheme
Marked 'AUTO TF' with an image of mountains in the background. Aircraft was a test bed for an auto terrain following systems.
Jun 1993 [act] 81816 F-16B Block 15E
At NASA's Langley facility.
Jun 1996 [sto] 7117 F-16B Block 15E
Earmarked to be delivered to the FAV as part of a 1996-1997 upgrade deal. This deal ultimately fell through.
Sep 1996 [pre] 81816 F-16B Block 15E
Gate Guard at Atlantic City, New Jersey

Crew Chief Comments

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Sgt. Dan Dennison

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6516th Test Squadron , 1984 - 1988
One of the best stories was one of our test flights, with our craziest test pilot; (Rank back then) Major Chuck Killberg. The man was fearless and perfect for what we tested. He took a dignitary on a night test flight in 81-0816 when we started testing the Auto Terrain feature. He turned the jet sideways and slid it through a break in the mountains just big enough to fit through (sideways). The words and language that came out of the mouth of the dignitary cannot be repeated here, or anywhere. I'm reasonably sure the man had to change out his drawers after the flight.. It's a little sad to see her on a pole in Atlantic City, but I guess that's better than in a boneyard somewhere...like 81-0688, my other jet.

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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