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Airframe Details for F-16 #88-0426

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Aircraft: 88-0426
LM Aero T/V 1C-28
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 88426
F-16C Block 40B
Current USAF 88426
F-16C Block 40B
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
30 Sep 1989 [act] 88426 F-16C Block 40B
13 Oct 1989 [act] 88426 USAF 34 TFS 'HL' F-16C Block 40B
01 Oct 1991 [act] 88426 USAF 34 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40B
Jan 1994 [act] 88426 USAF 421 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40B
Nov 1995 [act] 88426 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40B
28 Nov 1995 [msh] 88426 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40B
Crashed near the Dugway Proving Grounds, some 130 miles southwest of Hill AFB, Utah. The pilot, Captain Christopher Rappa, who was on a training mission ejected safely. The aircraft had just been transfered to the 4th FS from the 421st FS a few weeks earlier and new paint scheme applied. Cause of crash was simply a stall at 14,000 feet and aircraft pancaked onto the ground upside down. With no forward volocity at the time of impact, the crash site was little larger then the F-16 itself.
28 Nov 1995 [w/o] 88426 USAF 4 FS 'HL' F-16C Block 40B

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TSgt. Daniel Palzewicz

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34th Fighter Squadron "Rams" , 1989 - 1994
Great Jet and Great place to be...

SSgt. Damon Dunsmore

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4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins" , 1995 - 1998
Ahh, Hill. As a single SrA/SSgt, I volunteered for every TDY I could get my hands on - no matter what the squadron. 3 Red Flags, 2 Green Flags, 1 Crash Recovery Duty in Nellis. Went to Al Jabber, somewhere else, and Kuwait. Somehow got picked to do William Tell 96 (Team ACC), immediately followed by the coolest TDY ever - Santiago, Chile, where Lockheed spared NO expense (and there were many) in trying to sell the Chileans the F-16. Crewed 88-0512, 88-0426 (crashed, pilot error), 88-0537.

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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