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Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

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Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by Ghost from above » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:28 pm

LOL You couldn't write it but photo shows some airframe damage. Looks like it's in line with the HUD by the bottom edge of the rescue arrow.

The accident report will be interesting reading.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 suffered “considerable damage” following the accident during a training exercise. At least one round caused damage to the plane’s exterior after the pilot attempted to hit a practice target at Leeuwarden air base. Part of the munition was also found in the engine.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 59731.html
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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by The Phantom » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:03 am

Bizarre incident :O

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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by big john » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:40 am

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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by effects » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:29 pm

When I was on 54(F) one of our jags came back from the range with damage caused by a single round, hit the aircraft several times.

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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by Richard B » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:44 pm

effects wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:29 pm
When I was on 54(F) one of our jags came back from the range with damage caused by a single round, hit the aircraft several times.
Slow round syndrome at a guess. .

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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by SPERX » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:55 pm

I doubt the target was at Leeuwarden - its landlocked and just outside a largeish town. Vlieland is an island offshore from Harlingen, just adjacent to Leeuwarden. On the maps it looks lke a gunnery range in which case I would speculate that a dive strafe run led to a projectile richochetting off the surface. IIRC that was quite a regular occurrence with Hunters and their Aden canon pack.
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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by Proteus » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:28 pm

“Not known how long the investigation will last”
Till someone extinguishes the spliff!

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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by Kurnass » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:25 pm

It happened at the Vliehors gunnery range at the island of Vlieland

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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by effects » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:56 pm

Richard B wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:44 pm
effects wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:29 pm
When I was on 54(F) one of our jags came back from the range with damage caused by a single round, hit the aircraft several times.
Slow round syndrome at a guess. .
Nice one!

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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by Ghost from above » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:56 pm

Damage pattern looks like both aircraft and offending shell were travelling in the same direction rather than richochetting off the surface
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Re: Dutch F-16 shoots itself!

Post by One-Oh-Four » Thu May 02, 2019 10:01 am

big john wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:40 am
He's not the first one.
http://datagenetics.com/blog/august22017/index.html
It has happened quite a few times in the past. Notably to F-84F Thunderstreaks while doing gunnery with their six .50 guns. If memory serves me right
, I remember reading that it usually meant that the pilot got too low during his strafing run.

The pilot of F-104G D-8047 that crashed on December 1st 1981 due to an explosion in the M-61 Vulcan cannon is a bike-riding friend of mine.

http://www.i-f-s.nl/accidents-incidents-1981/

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