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Airframe Details for F-16 #89-2050

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Aircraft: 89-2050
LM Aero T/V 1C-203
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 89050
F-16C Block 40E
Current USAF 89050
F-16C Block 40E
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
30 Sep 1990 [act] 89050 F-16C Block 40E
06 Nov 1990 [act] 89050 USAF 50 TFW 'HR' F-16C Block 40E
Dec 1990 [act] 89050 USAF 69 TFS 'MY' F-16C Block 40E
Jan 1991 [act] 89050 USAF 69 TFS 'MY' F-16C Block 40E
Deployment: Desert Storm

14 Combat Sorties out of Al Minhad AB, U.A.E. and King Fahd International Airport.
01 Oct 1991 [act] 89050 USAF 69 FS 'MY' F-16C Block 40E
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 69 FS
Feb 1994 [act] 89050 USAF 512 FS 'RS' F-16C Block 40E
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 512 FS
Dragon painted on the tail.
Aug 1994 [act] 89050 USAF 510 FS 'AV' F-16C Block 40E
Dragon paint scheme on tail was kept for a short period of time.
Jul 1997 [act] 89050 USAF 510 FS 'AV' F-16C Block 40E
Special 50th Anniversary markings for the USAF.
Unknown [act] 89050 USAF 510 FS 'AV' F-16C Block 40E
18 Jul 2001 [msh] 89050 USAF 510 FS 'AV' F-16C Block 40E News Article
Deployment: Northern Watch

While flying to an Operation Northern Watch mission an engine failure brought the aircraft down. Captain Michael A. Nelson Jr. ejected safely at 10:09 hours at 11 miles east of Batman, Turkey at 2,000 feet. Rescue was by a HH-60G from 305th RQS. The pilot heared a loud bang followed by a buzzing noise only 35 minutes after take-off. RPM decreased and FTIT increased. He attempted 9 airstarts without success. The cause of the crash was a failure of the number 4 bearing assembly.
18 Jul 2001 [w/o] 89050 USAF 510 FS 'AV' F-16C Block 40E AIB Report

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SrA. William Coppeans

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69th Fighter Squadron "Werewolves" , 1990 - 1992
Deployed to Desert Storm with this unit out of Moody

TSgt. Marshall W. Perkins

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510th Fighter Squadron "Buzzards" , 1994 - 1995
Puff, The Magic Dragron...for those who where station at RMS AB. This A/C actual put out smoke from the exhaust no matter what engine it had installed in it. Due to some "unknown" crew dawg just wiping off/disregarding MCD inspection...Puff is no longer here with us.

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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