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Aircraft: 91-0377
LM Aero T/V CC-75
Plant General Dynamics
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 91377
F-16C Block 50D
Current USAF 91377
F-16C Block 50D
Status [act]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
23 Sep 1993 [act] 91377 F-16C Block 50D
Oct 1993 [act] 91377 USAF 363 FW 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
Jan 1994 [act] 91377 USAF 78 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
Aug 1996 [act] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D " Gravedigger"
Nov 2001 [act] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 77 FS
Deployment: Southern Watch

Jan 2002 [msh] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 77 FS

Struck by lightning during a sand storm while deployed for OSW. Was the lead aircraft of a two ship formation at an altitude of 35,000 to 40,000 feet when the wall of sand surrounded the aircraft and there was nowhere to go but through the storm. When the lightning strike occurred, the airspeed dropped to zero and the aircraft fell into a flat spint in the orange sand sky. Fortunately the pilot recovered but bottomed out at an altitude of only 500 feet.

Chris, the Crew Chief of #377 describes the experience: "We got the squacks saying my jet was code three for a lightning strike and the other was code one. That was strange to me because there really wasn't too much lightning out there and I had never seen a jet get struck by lightning. Anyway when the jet came in 15-20 minutes later, I noticed immediately something wrong, the ECM pod nose cone was gone! I hooked up the comm cord and said to the pilot like I always do "How are you doing Sir' did you have a good flight?" The only words out of his mouth were "I almost died, your jet saved me, if you could get me out as fast as you can." So as normal I shut him down, and it wasn't till I got a closer look that I noticed all kinds of things wrong; all of the leading edge tape was gone, the static dischargers broke off, the electronic nose cones of the cluster bombs he was carrying were gone and because it was our squadron jet, all the probes that I had polished were sandblasted… After that we had nothing but problems, a standby generator problem which ended up being the harness through the 341 bulkhead, a FLCS problem which was a harness in the right strake and a few flights later tension strut bushing problems that are still going on to this day."
Feb 2002 [act] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
Special characteristics:
  • Unit Markings: 77 FS
Feb 2008 [act] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
91-0353 became the commanders bird after this one.
Oct 2014 [act] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
Currently unknown deployment tittle to Muwaffaq Salti AB, Jordan to attack ISIS targets.
18 Apr 2015 [act] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
10 Oct 2020 [act] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D
Deployment: Inherent Resolve

21 Apr 2021 [act] 91377 USAF 77 FS 'SW' F-16C Block 50D

Crew Chief Comments

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SSgt. Christopher Blakowski

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77th Fighter Squadron "Gamblers" , 2002 - 2005
This jet and me have a lot of memories we've definetely spent a lot of time together. I had just got on her when we went to PSAB, funny thing about PSAB is there are a lot of sand storms, this jet flew through one and dropped out of the sky in a flat spin about 35000 feet. She has never been the same, still to this day they are find flight control problems and standby gen problems related to the fall. haha

SrA. Sean Hendrixson

Crew Chief Profile
77th Fighter Squadron "Gamblers" , -

SSgt. Jeff Current

Crew Chief Profile
77th Fighter Squadron "Gamblers" , 2005 - 2008
iam sure you can read the storys from the war how she flew into a sand storm got struck by lighting and nevers been the same fuel problems flight control problems kept getting a flcs 61 ended up being a bad waffer stack wire on the left strake .. and all the pilots i talked to says she still dosent fly straight but she been flying good lately...and is no longer the squadron jet the new commander wanted 353 the jet with the mig kill....

SSgt. Matt Snider

Crew Chief Profile
77th Fighter Squadron "Gamblers" , 2005 - 2006
Another Commanders Jet. Got off that one quick. That jet is the biggest pig I ever worked on, and I worked Tripple Cripple 86-0333. Those who have worked it know what I'm talking about.

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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