Chronological Listing of United States Air Force

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F-16
Losses and Ejections
 

16th March 1990
USAF
F-16A Block 15K ADF 82-0937
'HL'
421 TFS       ACES II
22nd March 1990
USAF
F-16A Block 5 78-0041
'HI'
466 TFS The two jets collided during a night intercept training mission at the Utah Test and Training Range near Wendover, Utah.  Both planes were destroyed.

Major Tom Ward

Captain Ron "Zeeman" Zimmerman

  Both ejected safely

  ACES II
22nd March 1990
USAF
F-16A Block 5 78-0045
'HI'
466 TFS   ACES II
2nd April 1990
USAF
F-16C Block 30K 88-0408
'WP'
80 TFS
Kunsan AB, Korea
fire in the engine bay     ACES II
25th May 1990
USAF
F-16A Block 15H 81-0798
'MY'
68 TFS Crashed in south Georgia Lieutenant Colonel A. Stuart
killed
  ACES II
5th June 1990
USAF
F-16D Block 25E 84-1331
'HR'
10 TFS
Hahn AB
Collided with glider near Sembach, Germany Captain Chris Luithly
Landed safely
   
27th June 1990
USAF
F-16C Block 25E 84-1382
'HR'
10 TFS Damaged, undercarriage fire     ACES II
7th August 1990
USAF
F-16D Block 25C 84-1321
'SW'
19 TFS       ACES II
4th September 1990
USAF
F-16C Block 25B 83-1151
'SW'
33 TFS Training sortie. Engine fire, Saudi Arabian Peninsula (Abu Dhabi) Capt. Richard Setzer
ejected
  ACES II
19th September 1990
USAF
F-16C Block 40E 89-2027
'MY'
70 TFS Crashed in Hampton County, South Carolina Lieutenant Colonel Barry Bost
killed
  ACES II
20th September 1990
USAF
F-16D Block 25F 85-1510
'LF'
314 TFTS Barry M. Goldwater range, Arizona     ACES II
23rd October 1990
USAF
F-16C Block 30E 86-0354
'WP'
80 TFS Crashed 60 miles northeast of Taegu, South Korea
Guy "Pepé" Brilando
ejected safely
ACES II
13th October 1990
USAF
F-16C Block 25 83-1123
'ET'
3247 TS
Eglin AFB, Florida
structural failure during a flight test Captain Joseph A. Lanni
landed aircraft safely
  ACES II
Saturday
1st December 1990
09:50

USAF
F-16C Block 42C 88-0461
'LF'
310 TFTS
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz
Flying from
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to Miramar Naval Air Station at San DiegoCrashed  near the Palmdale Air Terminal California
Capt. Craig Fisher ejected safely after the jet had dropped from an altitude of 28,000 feet to 7,400 feet   ACES II
                 
8th January 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0483
'HL'
4 TFS Night Camel West training area, north-eastern part of Saudi Arabia Captain Michael L. Chinburg
killed
ACES II
13th January 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 10B 79-0400
'NY'
138 TFS Lost after losing oil pressure followed by engine siezurei in Saudi Arabia Lt. Scott Thompson
ejected
  ACES II
13th January 1991
USAF
            ACES II
                 
14th January 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 15R 83-1089
'HS'
308th FS  
31st TFW, Homestead AFB
Crashed near Homestead AFB, Florida pilot ejected   ACES II
FEEDBACK

Amended entry
11th February 2009

With regard to the F-16 crash at Homestead AFB (83-1089) It didn't crash in 1990 as I reported to that base in April 1990 and the crash occurred after that. I was home on leave when that crash occurred and I always took leave in Dec/Jan so that means it would've crashed in 1991. That aircraft crashed in the Everglades where the pilot was rescued.
in emails 10th & 11th February 2009

18th January 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 10B 79-0391
'NY'
138 TFS Hit by enemy AAA during Desert Storm.
Landed safely
    ACES II
 19th January 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 30F 87‑0228
TJ
614th TFS
401st TFW
36 NM W of Tallhl, Iraq, hit by SAM SA-3
shot down by a direct SAM hit over Baghdad on the same mission as below
in Desert Storm
Captain Harry ‘Mike’ "Cujo" "MR." Roberts.
pilot taken prisoner free again after spending 45 days as prisoners of war in Baghdad
ACES II
 19th January 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 30F 87‑0257
TJ
614th TFS
401st TFW
nr Baghdad, Iraq, shot down with SA‑3
hit with a SAM-6 over Baghdad. His aircraft made it quite a way before he was forced to eject
Major Jeffrey "Tico" Tice pilot taken prisoner free again after spending 45 days as prisoners of war in Baghdad ACES II
21st January 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 30F 87-0224
'TJ'
614 TFS Went feet wet after one of its Mk. 84 bombs exploded on release Colonel John Ball
ejected safely over water
  ACES II
24th January 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 1 78-0009 184 TFG Mid air collision near Beaumont, Kansas Major Cary Carlin
killed

Other pilot ???

Further details appreciated ACES II
24th January 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 10D 80-0536 184 TFG ACES II
26th January 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 15E 81-0717 171 FIS Crashed near Fairhaven, Michigan     ACES II
28th January 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 25F 85-1423
'WA'
422 TES Engine failure. Crashed 75 miles north of Las Vegas, in the Nevada Desert pilot ejected safely   ACES II
15th February 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 25E 84-1379
'SW'
17 TFS Crashed while  landing at Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates Capt. Dale Thomas Cormier
killed
ACES II
17th February 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 25C 84-1218
'SW'
17 TFS engine fire coming off a target over Iraq Capt. Scott ‘Spike’ Thomas
ejected and rescued
  ACES II
20th February 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 30E 86-0329
'TJ'
612 TFS Flamed out during refuelling. Crashed at Diyarbakir, Turkey pilot ejected and rescued   ACES II
27th February 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 25F 84-1390
'HR'

10th TFS  50th TFW
Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates

SAM in southern Iraq and was captured by the Republican Guard

Capt. William Andrews
ejected

POW

ACES II
27th February 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0495
'HL'
4 TFS Battle damage. Nose gear would not extend. Crash landed at Rafha, Saudi Arabia  Major Schumaker   ACES II
13th March 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0453
'HL'
421 TFS Crashed in southwest Asia pilot rescued DID HE EJECT ??? ACES II
15th March 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 15N 82-1003 194 FIS       ACES II
2nd April 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 15F ADF 81-0758 119 FIS Training Flight. Crashed into Atlantic Ocean 50 miles south east of Atlantic City, New Jersey Major Robert Dean Ashenfelter
Missing presumed killed
ACES II
4th April 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 40F 89-2061
'MY'
68 TFS Training sorties. Crashed 18 miles south east of Moody AFB (Haylow), Georgia pilot ejected safely   ACES II
11th April 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 10B 79-0391
'NY'
138 TFS Left runway following burst tyre. Burnt out Pilot ejected safely   ACES II
18th April 1991

USAF
F-16A Block 15J 82-0920
'FS'
184 TFS Bird strike,  turkey vulture near Fort Smith, Arkansas     ACES II
7th May 1991
also seen as 1st may 1991

USAF
F-16C Block 30H 87-0302
'MJ'
14 TFS
Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture
Crashed 4 miles north of Misawa, Japan just after take off, pilot ejected safely   ACES II
8th June 1991
USAF
F-16B Block 15D 81-0814 111 FIS
Holloman AFB, New Mexico
Fuel problems. Crashed near League City, Texas en route to Ellington Field, Texas Captain Kenneth J. Gurry ejected ACES II
17th July 1991
USAF
F-16D Block 30D 86-0045
'WP'
35 TFS  Struck ground near Bangojin, South Korea. Pilot flew out over water.     ACES II
Pilot ejected safely at 2,200 feet Crew Chief ejected safely at 2,200 feet ACES II
rescued by helicopter
30th July 1991
USAF
F-16D Block 40C 88-0168
'HL'
34 TFS Flew into the ground near Ely, Nevada 1st Lt. Keith G. Nylander
killed
ACES II
7th October 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 42F 89-2059
'WA'
422 TES Crashed at Nellis AFB Range, Nevada Captain Percival Taylor "Teflon" Gates
killed
  ACES II
14th November 1991
USAF
F-16B Block 5 79-0419
'HI'
466 TFS Crashed onto Utah Test Range   ACES II
Capt. Michael Terrance Sowell
killed
Capt. Arnold Arthur Clarke
killed
 
27th November 1991
USAF
F-16A Block 10C 80-0484
'DC'
121 TFS   pilot ejected safely   ACES II
16th December 1991
USAF
F-16C Block 42F 89-2089
'SW'
363 TFW   Crashed in Georgia   ACES II
19th December 1991
USAF
F-16B Block 15M ADF 82-1040 179 FIS Crashed in Panama     ACES II
Lt. Col. Jeff Dennis
killed
SSgt Chris Ford
killed
 
13th January 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 25D 84-1267 184 TFG McConnell AF Engine problems. Crashed two miles from base Major David Ternes
[127th FS]
ejected
  ACES II
14th January 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0470
'HL'
421 FS
Hill AFB.
Crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range Pilot ejected, injured   ACES II
22nd January 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 30B 85-1496
'MJ'
13 FS
Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture
Collided with a KC-135R (61-0284) of the 92nd Wing. Crashed in the Pacific Ocean  pilot ejected   ACES II
3rd March 1992
USAF
F-16A Block 15D ADF 81-0704 171 FS mid-air collision  near Bad Axe, Michigan Lieutenant Colonel Roy Allen Keyt
killed

Pilot ????

  ACES II
3rd March 1992
USAF
F-16A Block 15D ADF 81-0706 171 FS   ACES II
24th April 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 40G 89-2110
'HS'
308th FS  
31st TFW, Homestead AFB
Engine Problems. Crash landed Pilot burned and injured made egress on ground   ACES II
FEEDBACK

Amended entry
11th February 2009

The aircraft crashed on the base after experiencing a flameout on takeoff and it was unable to return to the base due to the altitude and airspeed loss. It was close but the pilot struck the overrun and bounced into the midfield between the run and taxiways. The pilot extricated himself from the wreckage.
in emails 10th & 11th February 2009

                 
                 
5th May 1992
USAF
F-16A Block 15B ADF 80-0610 186 FS Engine problems. Crash landing at Great Falls, Montana pilot ejected safely   ACES II
21st May 1992
USAF
F-16A Block 15Q 83-1071
'TX'
704 FS
Bergstrom AFB, Texas
Training Mission.  Crashed in the Stony Military Operating Area, 250 miles from Anchorage, Alaska Pilot ejected safely   ACES II
31st May 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 42J 90-0749
'WA'
57 FW Crashed in Nevada. Pilot ejected safely   ACES II
2nd June 1992
USAF
F-16D Block 42A 88-0160
'HS'
308 FS Night mission. Crashed into the ground  near Luke AFB, Arizona Lieutenant Colonel Edward Eugene Hackney
[killed ???]
  ACES II
17th June 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 32H 87-0293 USAF ADS Damaged on ground.     ACES II
31st July 1992
USAF
F-16A Block 15K 82-0943
'SI'
170 FS Flew into ground near Curran, Illinois Captain Donald E. Lechrone Jr.
killed
  ACES II
24th August 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0465
'HS'
307 FS Damaged by Hurricane Andrew     ACES II

USAF
F-16C Block 40H 89-2146
'HS'
307 FS     ACES II
31st August 1992
USAF
F-16A Block 15D ADF 81-0697 186 FS DACT training. Engine failure. Crashed in Georgia while deployed to Tyndall AFB pilot ejected safely   ACES II
1st September 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 25A 83-1139
'LF'
314 FS FOD, Engine failure. Crashed onto the Barry M. Goldwater range, Arizona Capt. Eddie "Lizzard" Moran [USMC exchange]   ACES II
8th September 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 30A 85-1451
'RS'
526 FS Lap belt became entangled with stick during "relief" session. Crashed near Incirlik, Turkey Pilot ejected at 1,100 ft   ACES II
Friday 18th September 1992
10:00


USAF
F-16A
Block 15 ADF
80-0566 179th FS
Minnesota Air National Guard
Duluth
Minnesota
Bird strike on departure. Crashed in a wooded area about 2 miles north of Duluth International Airport Maj Dave Johnson
ejected
  ACES II
22nd October 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 30 85-1402
'RS'
 526 FS       ACES II
22nd October 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 30A 85-1485
'RS'
512 FS Engine failure. Crashed on the Konya ranges, Turkey     ACES II
27th October 1992
USAF
F-16C Block 42J 90-0761
'SW'
17 FS Flew into ground near Shaw AFB, South Carolina     ACES II
30th October 1992
USAF
F-16A Block 15M 82-0985 15 TS Engine nozzle failure after take off. Crashed near South Weber, Utah pilot ejected safely   ACES II
17th December 1992

USAF
F-16A Block 15Q 83-1078
'TX'
704 FS Birdstrike en route to a range from Bergstrom AFB, Texas. Fire in the engine. Pilot ejected safely   ACES II
                 
18th February 1993
USAF
F-16D Block 40H 90-0784
'AK'
18 FS Crashed near Eielson AFB, Alaska     ACES II
Capt. Glen S. Porter
killed
Maj. Robert D. Verdone
killed
 
19th February 1993
USAF
F-16A Block 15R 83-1102 182 FS crashed on McMullen range (Yankee/Dixie) near Tilden, TX pilot ejected safely   ACES II
23rd February 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 40D 88-0523
'MY'
69 FS Crashed onto an island on Lake Sinclair, Georgia pilot ejected safely   ACES II
21st April 1993
USAF
F-16A Block 10A 79-0379
'MI'
107 FS
Michigan ANG
Crashed at Selfridge ANGB     ACES II
28th April 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 30B 85-1492
'MJ'
13 FS
Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture
CAS. Instrument failure. Crashed west of Osan AB, South Korea pilot ejected safely   ACES II
18th May 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 32F 87-0269
'WA'
414 CTS Crashed at Nellis AFB, Nevada     ACES II
18th May 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 40F
89-2069
'AK'
18 FS Crashed near Eielson AFB, Alaska during ACM Capt. Luis F. Jordan
killed
ACES II
19th May 1993
USAF
F-16A Block 10D 80-0535
'DO'
89 FS Wright-Patterson AFB ?????   ACES II
24th May 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 50B 90-0832      Joe Bill Dryden(LMTAS pilot) ejected at only 680 feet
killed
ACES II
23rd June 1993
USAF
F-16A Block 15J ADF 82-0916
'IL'
169 FS mid-air collision Crashed at Peoria
Landed safely
    ACES II
23rd June 1993
USAF
F-16B Block 15N ADF 82-1042
'IL'
169 FS mid-air collision Crashed at Peoria     ACES II
ejected safely
minor injuries
ejected safely
minor injuries
ACES II
27th July 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 30D 86-0275
'WP'
35 FS
 
landed on top of F-16C (87-0335)In poor weather Lt. Col. Ralph Earl "Bark" Gardner was killed on the runway   ACES II
27th July 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 30J 87-0335
'WP'
35 FS
Kunsan AB, ROK
Preparing to take off when struck by 86-0275 ????   ACES II
FEEDBACK

Amended entry
11th February 2009

The crash of 87-0335 in Kunsan Korea which killed Lt.Col Gardner I think was attributed to ATC error, I had left Korea just prior to this crash (days prior) and lastly while assigned to Spangdahlem AB, Germany there was a crash of an F-15 (1995) killing the pilot (Maj. Don Lowry) his aircraft crashed due to a maintenance mistake with cross connected flight control rods causing the plane to go further nose down when he desired nose up on take off. A google search of Maj. Don Lowry will produce the Time.com article which was an interesting read if you've never seen it.
in emails 10th & 11th February 2009

10th August 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 32C 86-0250
'WA'
414 CTS   Captain James Reynolds
killed
  ACES II
11th August 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 30E 86-0343
'SP'
23 FS Crashed into the Adriatic Sea pilot ejected safely   ACES II
27th August 1993
10:30

USAF
F-16A Block 15N ADF 82-0990 134 FS
Vermont ANG
Crash landed and skidded off runway at the Cape May County Airport, New Jersey ejected and landed in a drainage ditch   ACES II
11th September 1993
USAF
F-16A Block 15G ADF 81-0779
'IL'
169 FS
Illinois ANG
Crashed Nellis range, Nevada ????   ACES II
27th September 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 32C 86-0253
'LR'
302 FS Crashed Gila Bend, Arizona. Collided with another F-16 which landed safely ????   ACES II
8th October 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 50C 91-0350
'SP'
23 FS Crashed near Griffiss AFB, New York Capt. Robert "Rob" Swaringen
 ejected
ACES II
FEEDBACK

Amended entry
11th February 2009

Hi,
I forgot how many other crashes I've been around for until I checked further into your site.

Regarding F-16C 91-0350 which crashed in New York on 8 Oct.93. That plane was brand new from the General Dynamics factory in Texas and was being ferried back to Germany. The pilot was (then) Capt. Rob Swaringen (now Lt.Col). The aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed as it was being diverted from one airfield to another in an attempt to land due to inclement weather. The pilot safely ejected.

(for your info......90-0849 F-16D 13 Jan.95 if memory serves the back-seater was a weapons loader getting an incentive ride when they both ejected after engine failure)

Hopefully your site gets a lot of holes filled in by people like me who were present for these events. Have a nice day.

in emails 10th & 11th February 2009

8th November 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 42C 88-0448
'WA'
57 FW   Captain John M. Barelka
killed
  ACES II
9th November 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 30E 86-0325
'CO'
120 FS Crashed near Laramie, Wyoming  Lt. Julian Clay   ACES II
29th November 1993
USAF
F-16A Block 15G ADF 81-0770 114 FS
Vermont ANG
Crashed near Tulelake, California 1st Lieutenant Stephen Taylor
[student pilot]
killed
  ACES II
3rd December 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 30C 86-0222
'VA'

149 FS
Virginia ANG
Belly landed Byrd IAP, Richmond, Virginia     ACES II
17th December 1993
USAF
F-16A Block 15K 82-0927
'FS'
184 FS Mid air collision with an F-15A (75-0054) of the 122th FS over the Atlantic Ocean off Brunswick, Georgia.
F-15 pilot ejected safely
Lieutenant Colonel John Michael Steward
killed
  ACES II
23rd December 1993
USAF
F-16C Block 42F 89-2091
'OH'
112 FS Port main landing gear failed.     ACES II
                 
26th January 1994
USAF
F-16C Block 30H 87-0270
'SP'
480 FS
Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
Collided at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio on the runway     ACES II
26th January 1994
USAF
F-16D Block 30J 87-0389
'SP'

[see also 4th December 1998]

52 FW
Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
    ACES II
2nd February 1994
USAF
F-16C Block 50B 90-0823
'SW'
309 FS Crashed near Gatlinburg, Tennesse     ACES II
7th February 1994
USAF
F-16C Block 42J 90-0764
'OK'
25 FS Engine fire. Crashed in Soper, Oklahoma pilot ejected safely   ACES II
14th February 1994
USAF
F-16C Block 32H 87-0309
"Thunderbird '6'"
USAF ADS Crashed at Indiana Springs Auxiliary Airfield, Nevada Pilot OK   ACES II
  He also experienced another reality of military operations. On Feb. 15, 1994, exactly 14 years and one day before he reached 1,000 combat hours, he ejected from his F-16; something few pilots ever have to do.
15th February 1994
USAF
F-16C Block 40G 89-2134    Damaged near Porotoz, Slovenia during "Deny Flight", flameout landing. George Uribe
ejected at ground level
ACES II
28th February 1994
USAF
F-16A Block 10C 80-0486 148 FS
Arizona ANG
Crashed near Duncan, Arizona 2nd Lt. Julian Beneker
RNLAF
killed
  ACES II
23rd march 1994
USAF
F-16D Block 40D 88-0171
'FT'
74 FS Collided with C-130E (68-10942) over Pope AFB, near Fayetteville, North Carolina
Many ground casualties
    ACES II
ejected ejected  
30th March 1994
USAF
F-16C Block 30K 88-0411
'WI'
176 FS   pilot ejected
landed aircraft fire
  ACES II
6th May 1994
USAF
F-16C Block 30H 87-0274
'WP'
80 FS Crashed into Yellow Sea after mid-air with an F-15C (78-0530) of the 67th FS 2 miles off Boryong, South Korea. F-15 pilot killed pilot ejected   ACES II
12th June 1994
USAF
F-16A Block 15K ADF 82-0934
'IL'
169 FS Crashed at Buckley ANGB, Colorado     ACES II
1st July 1994
10:20

USAF
F-16B Block 15S 83-1173
'SA'
182 FS Training mission. Crashed at the Crystal Military Operating Area about 100 miles from Kelly AFB, Texas     ACES II
ejected, minor injuries ejected, minor injuries ACES II
20th September 1994
11:00

USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0488
'HL'
421 FS
388th

Hill AFB, Utah
Crashed in a cornfield 12 miles from air base Capt. Michael D. Goldfein
ejected safely
  ACES II
25th October 1994
USAF
F-16C Block 50B 90-0814
'HL'
4 FS
388th FW

Hill AFB, Utah
Crashed  into the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah ??
 ejected safely
  ACES II
5th December 1994
USAF
???
F-16N Block 30D 86-1691 VF-45 NAS Key West, Florida. Settled back onto runway, pilot ejected - aircraft continued to fly until it crashed into a salt pond Pilot ejected   ACES II
                 
13th January 1995
USAF
F-16D Block 50B 90-0849
'SP'
22 FS
Spangdahlem
Routine training mission. Crashed near Durbuy, Belgium     ACES II
ejected ejected  
25th January 1995
08:40

USAF
F-16C Block 40E 89-2036
'AV'
510 FS
Aviano AB, Italy
Crashed into Adriatic Sea about 60 miles east of Camacchio Captain Mark 'Mac' P. McCarthy
killed
  ACES II
5th February 1995
USAF
F-16C Block 40E 89-2000
'NM'
188 FS Engine problems. Crashed 70 miles southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico Maj. "Beak" Hulsman
ejected safely.
  ACES II
10th February 1995
USAF
F-16D Block 25B 83-1185
'LF'
309 FS
Luke AFB, Arizona
Collided with F-16C (88-0478)
Lost nosecone
landed safely
    ACES II
Captain Barry Beckner
no ejection
Captain Ben Culp
no ejection
ACES II
10th February 1995
USAF
F-16C Block 42C 88-0478
'LF'
308 FS Collided with F-16D (83-1185) over Luke AFB, Arizona First Lieutenant Charles Durfree, ejected at low level, broke both heels   ACES II

FEEDBACK

In February 1995, my brother-in-law(Norm) and I were watching F-16's land at Luke AFB. We were at the north end of the runway for no more than 5 minutes, when we see an F-16, lined up and approaching about 2 miles away. Another F-16 had just flown over, and was circling back in for landing. I said to Norm," I hope both pilots see each other", because it appears the the one circling in is approaching the other F-16. A few seconds later they both fly over us at about 75 feet in the air. I said, " I think they are going to hit each other".

A couple seconds later, BOOM! At about 30,40 feet in the air, the F-16 that was previously circling, lands on the tail of the F-16 that was approaching. Time stood still for the next few moments.

The F-16 that was on top, and had just landed on the tail of the other, went into full afterburner, straight up. From our view, it appeared it was in a vertical climb at about 40 mph, and accelerating. The nose cone was missing, radar dish fully exposed, jet exhaust thundering into the runway, a earth shaking thundering roar-like nothing we have ever heard, adrenaline flowing and time stood still.....but it slowing kept climbing.... and thundering......, I then turn my attention to the other F-16.

Just as it was about to hit the runway, we see an explosion, and ping, a black dot goes flying into the air, probably 100-150-200 feet. It was the pilot ejecting. The F-16 skidded down the runway and eventually into the dirt on the west side of the runway, kicking up a cloud  of debris and brief fireball. We see the parachute open, and from our vantage point, it appeared as if the pilot landed in the cloud of dirt and fireball.  Actually, the pilot, landed about a 1/4 mile away from the wreckage, but it looked like he landed right in it.
We both are speechless and stare at each other in disbelief.

Fire trucks are racing to the scene in and we eventually see the pilot moving around-and it appears he is OK. We were probably a 1/4 mile from him, and the wreckage another 1/4 mile away. About 10-15 minutes later, the F-16 with the missing nose cone, approached with assistance from another F-16, and safely landed.

It turns out,
the F-16 that had just flown over and was circling in was supposed to land on runway 2, and mistakenly was trying to land on runway 1. The other F-16 was lined up and approaching runway 1. Neither pilot saw the other.
The pilot that ejected ended up with just minor injuries.

We saw this happen 15 years ago, and its still vivid

Craig Meyer
in email 23rd March 2010
 

15th May 1995
14:00

USAF
F-16B Block 1 78-0093 148 FS
Tucson IAP
Training mission. Crashed about 25 miles east of Lordsburg, New Mexico     ACES II
IP Lieutenant Colonel Carl J. Thomae
ejected
First Lieutenant Abdulla Al-Khalifa [Bahrain]
ejected safely
 
2nd June 1995
USAF
F-16C 89-2032
'AV'
31st FW /555th FS Shot down by  Bosnian Serb SAM-6 missile while
on a routine patrol
over Mrkonjic Grad, nr Banjo Luka, Bosnia with another F-16 from its base at Aviano, Italy
Capt. Scott O'Grady ejected - avoided capture and recuse on 8th June 1995 ACES II
25th June 1995
USAF
F-16C Block 30H 87-0273
'WI'
176 FS
Wisconsin ANG
Engine problems. Crashed 2 miles southeast of Strum, Wisconsin Pilot ejected safely   ACES II
21st July 1995
USAF
F-16A Block 15P 82-1018 184 FS crashed at Fort Smith MAP, Arkansas Pilot ejected safely   ACES II
 
USAF
            ACES II
21st August 1995
USAF
F-16C Block 42C 88-0455
'LF'
308 FS
Luke AFB
Routine training mission. Crashed near Prescott, Arizona Captain Nathan Hill
ejected safely
ACES II
28th November 1995
USAF
F-16C Block 40B 88-0426
'HL'
4 FS
388th FW
Hill AFB, Utah
Training mission. Crashed near the Dugway Providing Grounds Captain Christopher Rappa
ejected safely
  ACES II
21st December 1995
10:20

USAF
F-16C Block 25D 84-1250
'LF'
62 FS
Luke AFB
Routine training mission. Engine failure. Crashed about 12 miles southwest of Winslow, Arizona Lieutenant Colonel Joseph A. Abbott
[temporary duty from Cannon AFB] ejected safely.
ACES II
                 
20th January 1996
USAF
F-16C Block 42F 89-2079
'OH'
112 FS Crashed about 10 miles from Cannon AFB at Clovia, New Mexico Col. Phil Lehman
ejected, serious back injuries
  ACES II
19th March 1996
USAF
F-16C Block 30E 86-0361
'OH'
162 FS
178th FW Ohio Air National Guard
Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Ohio
Engine problems. Crashed into an artillery range at Camp Grayling ANG base Capt. Douglas Cligrow, ejected safely   ACES II
7th June 1996
USAF
F-16C Block 30B 85-1545 174 FS
185th Fighter Wing, Iowa ANG
Sioux City, Iowa
A fan blade snapped inside the engine causing atastrophic engine failure. Crashed near Sioux Falls, South Dakota Colonel Ronald Dardis
ejected
about 9,000 feet
ACES II
parachute packed that day by David Kenagy

Ron Dardis

Executive director of Rebuild Iowa and former adjutant general and longtime pilot with the Iowa National Guard

Speaking at Grand View University on April 25 2009:


"I ejected from my F-16 after a catastrophic engine failure shortly after takeoff one Friday morning in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I was accelerating through 425 knots when a titanium fan blade broke. You have a very short time to react.

"That morning, I literally put myself in God's hands. No one was injured on the ground, and I was in the hospital within minutes after hitting the side of a hill going 25 to 30 miles per hour from my parachute landing fall.

"I survived this experience because I was prepared for the unexpected. As I said, as a young pilot I strived to be the best pilot I could be. I studied hard and was fortunate to graduate No. 1 in flying in my pilot training class ...

"I sometimes wondered why I worked so hard on this training. But after my experience, I no longer asked why."

2nd July 1996
USAF
F-16A Block 15B ADF 80-0605 186 FS Crashed on the runway     ACES II
11th July 1996
USAF
F-16C Block 50C 91-0354
'SW'
77 FS Engine failure. Flown away from populated area Crashed into a house in Pensacola, Florida
2 civilian casualties
Pilot ejected at 200 feet safely   ACES II
31st July 1996
USAF
F-16C Block 40F 89-2093
'MY'
68 FS Crashed Kirtland AFB, New Mexico pilot ejected safely   ACES II
23rd August 1996
USAF
F-16C Block 40F 89-2101
'HL'
34 FS Crashed near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia     ACES II
4th September 1996
USAF
F-16C Block 40H 89-2144   Damaged. Tyre burst on take-off from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Pilot OK   ACES II
22nd November 1996
USAF
F-16A Block 15P 82-1020
'FS'
184 FS       ACES II
27th November 1996
10:15

USAF
F-16D Block 30H 87-0372
'OH'
162 FS
Springfield MAP
Routine training mission. Crashed  in the Brush Creek State Forest area in south-central Ohio     ACES II
ejected ejected ACES II
                 
7th January 1997
USAF
F-16A Block 15C ADF 81-0684 179 FS
Duluth, Minnesota
Practising night intercepts. Crashed near air base Maj. Pete Woodbury
no ejection
  ACES II
29th January 1997
USAF
F-16C Block 25A 83-1134
'LF'
61 FS crashed on the Barry M. Goldwater range near Gila Bend Capt. Robert Churchill ejected safely   ACES II
4th February 1997
19:00

USAF
F-16D Block 30J 87-0385
'HI'
466 FS Engine flameout. Crashed ten miles northeast of Wendover     ACES II
Major Edward G. Goggins
ejected
Captain Mark C. Snyder a passenger flight surgeon
ejected
ACES II
19th March 1997
11:45

USAF
F-16C Block 32C 86-0257
'LR'
93 FS Collided with F-16D over the Gulf of Mexico Major Dennis Daley
ejected
rescued by helo
?? ACES II
21st April 1997
USAF
F-16C Block 40F 89-2095
'MY'
68 FS engine flameout at a low altitude. Crashed in the southern Georgia pilot ejected safely   ACES II
12th May 1997
USAF
F-16C Block 40H 89-2153
'CC'
524 FS Crashed at Vaughn, New Mexico. Engine problems Pilot ejected at around 400 feet   ACES II
20th June 1997
USAF
F-16C Block 25D 84-1255 194 FS
California ANG
Crashed near the Saline Valley, California pilot ejected, dislocated his elbow   ACES II
22nd August 1997
USAF
F-16B Block 15L 82-1037
'ET'
39 FTS
Eglin AB
Crashed into the Gulf of Mexico     ACES II
ejected ejected  
both crew rescued by boat
16th September 1997
USAF
F-16C Block 25D 84-1286
'AC'
119 FS
New Jersey ANG
Collision - able to return to base Capt. Scott Mulgrew
NO EJECTION
  ACES II
16th September 1997
USAF
F-16D Block 25C 84-1320
'AC'
119 FS
New Jersey ANG
Collision during a night training exercise - crashed into Atlantic about 30 miles southeast of Atlantic City     ACES II
Maj. John Barton
ejected
Maj. Thomas Bartel
IP
ejected
ACES II
6th November 1997
USAF
F-16C Block 30B 85-1564
'TX'
457 FS
NAS Fort Worth
Hit the ground near Sidney, Texas Col Thomas A Dyches, ejected safely ACES II
                 
7th January 1998
13:30

USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0449
'HL'
421 FS mid-air collision over Utah Test and Training Range. Other aircraft landed safely Captain Paul Hertzberg, ejected with minor injuries x ACES II
8th January 1998
USAF
F-16C Block 40G 89-2131
'HL'
34 FS
388th Fighter Wing
Hill Air Base
Crashed  at the Test and Training Range Lieutenant Colonel Judd Kelley, ejected safely x ACES II
23rd March 1998
20:20

USAF
F-16C Block 40F 89-2067
'HL'
4 FS
Hill Air Base
Veered off Hill AFB’s runway pilot ejected with minor injuries   ACES II
25th March 1998
20:52

USAF
F-16D Block 40J 90-0792
'OS'
36 FS Crashed into the Yellow Sea 100 kilometres west of Osan AB, South Korea Captain Keith A. Sands
killed
  ACES II
22nd April 1998
USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0473
'NM'
188 FS Training mission. Crashed at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico 2nd Lt. Patrick J. "Sherman" Potter
killed
ACES II
13th May 1998
10:30

USAF
F-16C Block 30B 85-1550 174 FS Multiple birdstrike - White Pelicans. Crashed seven miles south of Ainsworth, Nebraska near Johnston pilot ejected but was injured hitting the birds during the ejection   ACES II
19th June 1998
USAF
F-16D Block 40K
90-0798
'MY'
68 FS

[aircraft from 347th Wing at Moody AFB, Georgia]

Skidded off the runway at Hill AFB Captain Bryan Nordhelm
ejected
  ACES II
22nd July 1998
USAF
F-16C Block 50D 91-0397
'SW'
78 FS Crashed 19 kilometres off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Captain James Sevick, ejected safely
rescued by coast guard
  ACES II
24th July 1998
09:05

USAF
F-16C Block 50
90-0804
'WW'
14 FS
35th Fighter Wing, USAF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.
 
Crashed at end of Misawa AB's runway Lieutenant Brice Simpson
ejected
taken to the Hachinohe Shimin
Hospital (Hachinohe Citizens Hospital)
He died of his injuries two month s later.
  ACES II
24th August 1998
18:15

USAF
F-16C Block 40D 88-0519
'OS'
36 FS Routine training flight. Crashed into the sea about one mile off the coast from Kangnung, South Korea Captain David W. Murphy, ejected safely   ACES II
1st September 1998
09:13

USAF
F-16C Block 30E 86-0324
'CC'
523 FS Crashed 30 miles southwest of Fort Sumner, New Mexico Major Kevin Frisbie
ejected at high speed at low altitude
seriously injured
  ACES II
12th September 1998
USAF
F-16D Block 32C 86-0040
'LR'
93 FS
Homestead Air Reserve Station
Gunnery training mission. Crashed onto the Avon Park Range about 50 miles south of Orlando, Florida      
Capt. Thomas M. Carr
killed
unoccupied ACES II
17th September 1998
USAF
F-16       1st Lt. Melvin Brice Simpson
killed
   
22nd October 1998
13:00

USAF
F-16C Block 42B 88-0414
'LF'
310 FS
Luke AFB
Mid air collision during routine air-to-air training mission. Crashed ten miles north of air base
Other F-16 landed safely
Lt. Col. James Bright ejected safely   ACES II
9th November 1998
15:00

USAF
F-16C Block 40C 88-0450
'HL'
421 FS
Hill AFB
Crashed  in the northern part of the Utah Test and Training Range Major Gregory C. Martineac
no ejection
killed
  ACES II
17th November 1998
14:40

USAF
F-16C Block 30B 85-1489
'TH'
113 FS
Indiana Air National Guard at Terre Haute
Crashed 70 miles southeast of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jefferson Proving Grounds  First Lieutenant Chris Snyder
ejected
  ACES II
19th November 1998
15:00

USAF
F-16C Block 50Q
'SW'
55 FS
Shaw AFB, South Carolina
engine fuel control problems. Crashed about 2 miles from end of runway Lieutenant Colonel Robert Harvey
Commander of the 55th Fighter Squadron
ejected
ACES II
4th December 1998
USAF
F-16D Block 30J 87-0389
'CC'

[see also 26th January 1994]

522 FS
Cannon AFB, New Mexico
Engine failure. Crashed 30 miles south of Fort Summer, New Mexico     ACES II
Lieutenant Colonel Randel Meyer
ejected safely
Senior Airman Hugo Serrano-Molina
ejected safely
broke an ankle
 
15th December 1998
15:30

USAF
F-16C Block 25E 84-1314
'LF'
61 FS Training mission. Crashed Barry M. Goldwater range about 40 miles west of Gila Bend, Arizona Major Will Sparrow ejected safely   ACES II
                 
7th January 1999
USAF
F-16D Block 42A 88-0154
'LF'
310 FS
Luke AFB, Arizona
Crashed shortly after take-off from     ACES II
Captain Julian Chestnut
ejected
 Captain Brian Egger
ejected
 
21st January 1999
13:30

USAF
F-16C Block 50P 92-3900
'WW'
13 FS
Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture
Training mission. Crashed near the city of Kamaishi,  Sawahi area, near Hashino Townin the northern part of Japan pilot ejected safely.   ACES II
3rd February 1999
10:00 hours

USAF
F-16 Block 42A
or
F-16C Block 25E
CONFIRM ??
84-1034
'LF'
62nd FS
Luke AFB
Engine problems Crashed at the Barry M. Goldwater range about seven miles south of Gila Bend, Arizona Student pilot 1st Lieutenant, Esther Obert ACES II
26th March 1999
USAF
F-16? Block ??? 88-0490 308th FS   Capt. Michael G. Rider    
26th April 1999
18:05

USAF
F-16D Block 42G 89-2175
'LF'
63 FS Undercarriage problems. Crashed 20 miles northwest of Luke AFB on White Tank Mt. Range     ACES II
Major Kevin Grove
ejected
Captain Stephan Kleinheyer
[German exchange pilot]
ejected
DID THEY EJECT ??
1st May 1999
USAF
F-16C Block 40D 88-0550
'AV'
555 FS  Engine failure. Crashed at Nakucani, Serbia during operation Allied Force pilot ejected safely and was rescued by helicopter   ACES II
1st July 2000

USAF
F-16 Patrick AFB 482nd Fighter Wing
Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida
Birdstrike turkey vulture most probable cause. low-level training mission. Crashed 50 miles southwest of AFB Maj. Samuel D'Angelo III
killed
   
18th July 1999
09:20

USAF
F-16D Block 42A 87-0396
'AZ'
152 FS
Arizona ANG
Mechanical failure. Crashed south of Gila Bend, Arizona     ACES II
Timothy English
ejected
   
19th July 1999
08:45

USAF
F-16C Block 30D 86-0284
'CC'
523 FS Engine failure. Night training mission. Crashed eight miles north of Hobbs, New Mexico pilot ejected safely   ACES II
11th August 1999
USAF
F-16C Block 30D 86-0266
'WP'
35 FS Collided. Crashed on runway at at Kunsan AFB, South korea Major Mark Moore ejected safely   ACES II
11th August 1999
USAF
F-16C Block 30K 88-0403
'WP'
80 FS Landed with some damage     ACES II
20th September 1999 USAF F-16D Block 25A 83-1179 61st FS
56th FW
Luke AFB
Suffered electrical problem on approach   ACES II
Maj. Sharon J. Preszler
ejected
   
17th November 1999
USAF
F-16C Block 30D 86-0263
'SI'
170 FS Collided near the town of Vermont, Illinois.
One aircraft destroyed, the other landed
CAN ANYONE GIVE FURTHER DETAILS
Instructor Pilot of which aircraft ejected ???   ACES II
17th November 1999
USAF
F-16C Block 30F 87-0240
'SI'
170 FS   ACES II
 
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