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Aircraft: 75-0745
LM Aero T/V 61-1
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 75745
Current USAF 75745
Status [i/a]
Rolled out on October 20, 1976 and first flight was December 8, 1976 by Neil Anderson. At some point the aircraft was fitted with an extended tail housing for a landing parachute.

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
13 Dec 1976 [act] 75745 F-16A
Accepted by the USAF
Jan 1981 [msh] 75745 F-16A
Dead stick landing but was repaired.
29 May 1981 [act] 75745 USAF 6516 TS F-16A

First General Electric powered F-16
Modified as F-16/101 with a General Electric F101 engine and first flight with this engine was on May 29th, 1981. This engine later led to the GE F110 engine installed from block 30 onwards.
Feb 1982 [pre] 75745 F-16A
The aircraft was assigned to the Orientation Group at Gentile Air Station,Ohio.It was modified to be semi trailer transportable and traveled the country as a recruiting aid.
Jun 1992 [pre] 75745 F-16A
Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio marked as 79-0317 and painted like the South Carolina ANG, 157th TFS. Anti-spin parachute support mounts were still on the aircraft. The USAF museum exchanged this aircraft for an F-16 that actually flew in the war as the museum prefers war veterans then early development aircraft.
Unknown [i/a] 75745 F-16A
Modified in Boyd, Texas in a little machine shop by F-16 crew chief instructors out of Sheppard AFB, Texas.
Sep 1996 [i/a] 75745 F-16A

Travelling exhibit for USAF recruiting service. After a couple years the paint scheme was changed to the second photo you see on the left.
Nov 2009 [i/a] 75745 F-16A
Painted as a T-bird and still used as a travelling exhibit for USAF recruiting service.

Crew Chief Comments

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TSgt. Philip Clukey

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6516th Test Squadron , 1981 - 1985

SSgt. Vicki Lewis

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6516th Test Squadron , -
GE F-101 engine was tested in the bird.

MSgt. Donald Graves

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85th Test & Evaluation Squadron "Skulls" , 1977 - 1982
In the beginning there were no USAF crew chiefs on the acft. The AF did not own any acft when I started on the Test Team. We helped the civilian maintainers fly the tests. It was awsome. Every day was an adventure. You never knew if you were going to turn the wings backwards just to see what happened. There were no TOs. We worked from blue prints and General Dynamics instructions. Crew Chiefs were considered to be able to do everything on a jet except munitions. We had no specialists. One historical note is the these early F-16s did not have the ACES seat. They had a Stencil seat with red pads. Eventually we received drafts of the TOs that we had to try out and recommend changes to. That was fun. Take things apart just to see if you can put it back together from the draft TO instructions.

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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