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  • J Boyle
    With malice towards none
    • Oct 2004
    • 9760

    F-16C-50 reaches 10,000 hrs.

    A fighter reaching 10,000 hours must be fairly rare.

    Equally impressive is that it's nearly 30 years old. Quite a change from the 50s when military aircraft had very short careers...and fighters were stressed for a couple of thousand hours or less.

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  • djcross
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 5435

    #2
    Not bad considering the original A models I did some of the engineering on 40+ years ago were only intended to last 6000 flight hours. Design modifications incorporated to address cracking issues doubled the Cs' lifespan.

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    • ClanWarrior
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      • Oct 2007
      • 301

      #3
      Just goes to show that with modern fighters such as the F-16 10,000 flight hours is now possible. Well done.

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      • TomcatViP
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Nov 2011
        • 6059

        #4
        That with a considerable increase in war like training time and the constant burden of real war operations...
        Last edited by TomcatViP; 22nd June 2019, 14:52.

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        • eagle
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2000
          • 2362

          #5
          Note it says first Block 50. Block 40 jets reached 10k hours before that, don't know if this was the first, but at Aviano in 2018 f.e.: Facebook link

          And there's the F-15E of course. The first to clock 10k hours did so in 2012: https://theaviationist.com/2012/02/10/f-15e-10000/
          At an estimated aircraft age of 22 years...
          In 2018, the 4th FW already had 10 jets over 10k hours. https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/201...ing-hours.html

          Not to forget though, we're talking USAF flying hours here. That means endless patrols over Deserts, i.e. flying straight, and when at home, long transit times to training areas.
          Last edited by eagle; 22nd June 2019, 17:06.
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          • BlackArcher
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Dec 2010
            • 4247

            #6
            Originally posted by djcross View Post
            Not bad considering the original A models I did some of the engineering on 40+ years ago were only intended to last 6000 flight hours. Design modifications incorporated to address cracking issues doubled the Cs' lifespan.
            Youve inadvertently revealed your age Djcross.

            but yes impressive to see any fighter get to 10k flight hours. Can all F-16 C fighters be upgraded to get to that max service life?

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