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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47555
Last updated: 29 August 2019
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Date:26-MAR-1980
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-16A
Owner/operator:421st TFS, 388th TFW, USAF (421st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 78-0023
C/n / msn: 61-29
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hill AFB, near Ogden, Utah -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Hill AFB, Utah (HIF/KHIF)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Destroyed 26/3/1980 in a fire due to an engine failure that sent some turbine parts through the main fuel cells. The pilot, who's name was reported as D. W. Bell, was from the Operational, Test & Evaluation squadron, but using a 388th TFW aircraft, ejected safely after trying to restart the engine.

The fact that the aircraft did not blow up was a relief to some early pilots as they were not convinced that the new designed fuel cells would perform as advertised. The fuel cells are sealed partitions in the fuselage.

However, the major concern was about the fly by wire flight control system and what happened if the power was totally lost if the flight controls went "stupid". It was well understood that loss of flight controls could cause 20 Gs in less than a quarter of a second.

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20170306224555/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/F-16/USAF/f_16_USAF_80s.htm
2. http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/33/
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1978.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/388th_Fighter_Wing#Tactical_Air_Command

Official USAF Press release photograph of F-16 78-0023, taken in December 1979 General Dynamics F-16A-10 (SN 78-0023) 060905-F-1234S-034

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
03-Oct-2011 15:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Oct-2013 21:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Oct-2013 21:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
04-Nov-2013 00:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source]

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