July 24, 1991 |
The Air Force on Tuesday confirmed that it has discovered cracks in some of its F-16 Falcon fighter planes and called them relatively minor, not enough to ground the fleet. Capt. George Sillia, an Air Force spokesman, said that cracks were found in 10 F-16s operated by the U.S. Air Force and in 10 F-16s sold to other countries that he could not immediately identify. The cracks are at a point where the wing attaches to the plane's body.
September 6, 1989 |
An aircraft mechanic on Tuesday stole an F-16 jet fighter he was untrained to fly and crashed it into a vacant farm minutes after taking off from an air base, the military said. He was missing and believed dead. The aircraft exploded in the crash, engulfing a farm building in a fireball, said Lt. Col. Svein Fredriksen of Norway's Oerland air base, from where the plane was taken. There were no reports of injuries to anyone on the ground.
April 1, 1988
A U.S. Air Force F-16 jet fighter slammed into the middle of a West German town of 6,000 people and exploded, killing the pilot and at least one resident, injuring 16 people and forcing scores to evacuate. The F-16 struck at least five homes in the town of Forst, about 60 miles south of Frankfurt. The pilot, who was on a training mission, was identified as Lt. Thomas Edward Doyle, 24, of Oroville, Calif.
September 1, 2000 |
An Air Force jet on a training flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday about 1 1/2 miles off the New Jersey coast. The pilot was rescued by a New Jersey State Police boat and taken to a hospital for observation, said Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The pilot reported a problem with the oil pressure on the F-16 just before the engine failed about 3:40 p.m. and the jet went down, department spokesman Ray Martyniuk said.
January 3, 1987 |
A Pakistan air force F-16 exploded after hitting a wild boar on the runway during takeoff, The Nation newspaper said Friday. The accident happened Thursday at the air force base at Sargodha, 120 miles southeast of Islamabad, the English-language newspaper said. It did not say whether the pilot survived. The Nation said the fighter plane's nose wheel was knocked off after hitting a wild boar.
November 15, 2009
Re "How a few F-16s can buy peace in the Taiwan Strait," Opinion, Nov. 11 In recommending that the United States leverage not selling F-16 jets to Taiwan for better U.S.-China-Taiwan relations, professor Dennis V. Hickey overlooks three key points. First, the U.S. has formally assured Taipei that Washington will not hold prior consultations with Beijing regarding arms sales to Taiwan. Second, although it would be a significant and welcome gesture if China pulled back missiles aimed at Taiwan, Beijing could easily redeploy those missiles whenever it wanted.
January 30, 1986
Greece rejected an offer to purchase the jets from the U.S. government and will buy the aircraft directly from General Dynamics in a deal worth at least $900 million, a Greek Defense Ministry official said. The official, asking to speak anonymously, said the Socialist government chose not to buy the F-16s from Washington because it fears that the United States will seek a pledge to keep four U.S. naval and air bases in Greece past 1988. Athens has said they must be dismantled at that time.
June 21, 1985 |
General Dynamics, responding to a recent bid by Northrop to sell the Air Force its F-20 fighter, said Thursday that it will offer the military a stripped-down version of its F-16C fighter for $2 million a plane less than its competitor. The move intensified the competition among the nation's defense contractors for Pentagon purchases at a time when a number of contractors face sharp criticism that they have grossly overcharged taxpayers.
May 21, 2001 |
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defended himself Sunday against withering criticism both here and abroad for his decision to unleash F-16 fighter jets on the Palestinians, saying his government will "do everything necessary" to protect its citizens.
February 5, 1988 |
This North African nation has no plans to take 72 U.S. F-16 warplanes that Washington has been asked to withdraw from Spain, a senior Foreign Ministry aide said Thursday.