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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46910
Last updated: 8 September 2019
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Date:15-DEC-1982
Time:15:29 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16A
Owner/operator:35th TFS, 8th TFW, USAF (35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 81-0724
C/n / msn: 61-405
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Yellow Sea, off west coast of South Korea -   South Korea
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kunsan AB, South Korea (RKJK)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 15/12/1982, F-16A 81-0274 collided with a USMC F-4 Phantom II during DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training) mission. The right wing of the Phantom cut through the belly of the F-16 at a 35 degree angle. The resulting damage to the engine gearbox meant the aircraft could not recover. Both aircraft were passing head-to-head at Mach 1 meaning a closure rate of Mach 2.

The pilot, Captain Daryl "Smilin' Jack" Hower, was forced to eject from the F-16 at an altitude of around 23,000 feet but was relatively unhurt. The F-16 slowly drifted down and impacted the ground on a muddy tidal plain. The USMC found it to be a unique opportunity to practice combat repair techniques by patching up the Phantom.

As a result of this mishap the minimum range for shot criteria (IR missiles) was increased to 9,000 ft in the forward hemisphere to allow for adequate separation of aircraft after the shot.

Sources:

1. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/PROJECT/Biographies/H/Hower_Daryl/Hower_Daryl.htm
2. http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/1065/
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1981.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
23-Mar-2012 11:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2013 01:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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