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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46935
Last updated: 22 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16B
Owner/operator:3426th TWg /4485th TSqn USAF (3426th TWg /4485th TSqn United States Air Force)
Registration: 78-0112
C/n / msn: 62-38
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rocky Bayou Country Club, near Niceville, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Eglin AFB, Florida (VPS/KVPS)
Destination airport:
Written off 23/3/1982 when crashed into a green at Rocky Bayou Country Club, near Niceville, Florida. The pilot had just finished a test bombing run over Eglin's Range 52 and lost power in the engine. The pilot was able to get the aircraft to an altitude of about 3,000 feet and a speed of between 285 mph and 345 mph before the engine gave out.

The pilot, and a weapons officer decided to eject, expecting the F-16 to continue north and crash into a wooded area of the Eglin reservation. According to officer in charge of Eglin's safety office, the dual ejection caused the plane to roll to the right and slam into the golf course's sixth green, narrowly missing several homes. The two airmen landed on the 18th green and didn't suffer any major injuries. Air Force investigators were able to later watch the entire crash because a chase plane that had been photographing the test mission caught the crash on film. When F-16 experts recreated the accident they discovered a sequence of control switch moves that would restart an F-16 engine. The procedures were added to F-16 instruction manuals.


1. "Niceville's Rocky Bayou had its own near-miss with a fighter", Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Saturday, 13 July 1996, p. 1A.

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
22-Nov-2011 10:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2013 23:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2013 01:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2020 17:45 Xindel XL Updated [Operator, Operator]

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