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Aircraft: 89-2103
LM Aero T/V 1C-256
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 89103
F-16C Block 42G
Current USAF 89103
F-16C Block 42G
Status [act]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
30 May 1991 [act] 89103 F-16C Block 42G
Jun 1991 [act] 89103 USAF 19 TFS 'SW' F-16C Block 42G
01 Oct 1991 [act] 89103 USAF 19 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 42G
Aug 1993 [act] 89103 USAF 78 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 42G
Mar 1994 [act] 89103 USAF 112 FS 'OH' F-16C Block 42G
18 Jan 1995 [act] 89103 USAF 311 FS 'LF' F-16C Block 42G
Sep 1995 [act] 89103 USAF 308 FS 'LF' F-16C Block 42G
Unknown [act] 89103 USAF 63 FS 'LF' F-16C Block 42G
Jun 2009 [act] 89103 USAF 309 FS 'LF' F-16C Block 42G
11 Mar 2014 [act] 89103 USAF 311 FS 'HO' F-16C Block 42G
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 54 FG
54th Fighter Group, a tenant unit at Holloman, is a detachment the 56th Fighter Wing. Still carrying the older 'LF' markings.

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MSgt. Patrick McManaman

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308th Fighter Squadron "Emerald Knights" , 2000 - 2001

SSgt. Scott Brown

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63rd Fighter Squadron "Panthers" , 2008 - 2009
Grounded for cracked bulkhead for the entire time I crewed it.

MSgt. Gregory Fielding

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19th Fighter Squadron "Gamecocks" , 1992 - 1994
DCC on Block 42 aircraft

SSgt. Anthony Myers

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311th Fighter Squadron "Sidewinders" , 2021 - 2024
What more is there to say with 89-103? Work horse, dependable, absolute pain in every maintainers ass when she is feeling moody. Was told as a Staff Select I was getting 103 and all the other experienced SrA and SSgts said "good fucking luck!". I thought to myself what could be wrong... what could be wrong is what I wish was outlined to me. 103 was a 'notorious' engine vibe F-16C. Prior to my arrival the 311th had spent 2 months identifying an aircraft vibe from what they isolated to as a loose arresting hook. That was not the cause of the vibe. Being the 311th and AETC, not the most experienced of pilots operate what was dubbed 89-103 'The Vibe', so it went many months without notice. Fast forward a few months and the 'notorious' vibe has returned and more violent than ever per the stick operator. As it's DCC I was assigned to a Tiger Team with my choosing of assistant who was a SrA that I knew for 3 years from Aviano; SrA Brendan Hoffman. We tore this jet apart from its engine, ADG, flight controls, JFS, PTO, hydraulic pumps, hydraulic reservoirs, ISA's; everything imaginable of any sane person. Nothing. Vibe still present. After a lengthy 4 months of engine runs, grueling maintenance, swearing to production teams that I am only feeling the vibe from 78 to 82% engine RPM's, we investigate the ECS system. Wouldn't you know it? From 1st stage bleed air to second stage bleed air in the cock pit kicks on from 78 to 82% engine RPM's. The fault was isolated to a rusted butterfly valve, replaced same day of identification, and no engine vibe has been felt since. This was May of 2023. 89-103 continues to fly with the 311th and will forever be known as 89-103 'The Vibe' in my heart.

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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Dec 14, 2023 - 03:13 AM
311th Fighter Squadron "Winders", 2021 - 2024

Was known as an absolute work horse prior to my PCS to the 311th and definitely was for the 6 months from March 2021 to August of 2021. Ol' 103 decided to have a vibe and be take a very long break. After being selected for a Tiger Team and swapping a new engine, ADG, CSD, Main Gen, A + B sys pumps, PTO Shaft, JFS, Flaperons, LEF's, Rudder, Horizontal Stabilizers, and 5 ISA's... the vibe was found with a ECS butterfly valve transferring from 1st stage to second stage bleed air at 78 to 82% engine RPM's. The amount of work put in to make 103 flyable again was unreal and I cussed her out a lot but damn if she wasn't my girl. I loved 103 and to this day she is a work horse yet again.

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