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This Wild Weasel F-16 Has Amassed More Flight Hours Than Most of Its Pilots

Watch as Pilots and Maintainers Introduce “BOB”, AKA F-16C Serial Number 90-0808

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The United States Air Force (USAF) has been operating General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon jets since 1978. F-16s have served everywhere and done just about everything. The F-16 with the most flight time still operated by the USAF is currently 90-0808, affectionately known as “BOB.” The jet deployed for Operations Iraqi Freedom in 2007, New Dawn in 2010, and Enduring Freedom in 2012. In this video produced by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin Kates and uploaded to YouTube by The Joint Forces Channel, we see some of the personnel who know “BOB” best talk about the gray-haired but still spry jet.

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90-0808 was built as a F-16C Block 50A Fighting Falcon by General Dynamics and accepted by the USAF in August of 1992. The jet was first operated by the 4th Fighter Squadron (FS) Fightin’ Fuujins of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah. The jet then made the trip across the Pacific to serve with the 14th FS Samurais of the 35th Fighter Wing (FW) based at Misawa Air Base in Japan. The Wild Weasel-tasked Samurais have operated “BOB” since June of 1995, amassing more than 9500 airframe hours. Today the jet wears the 35th Fighter Wing (FW) tail codes but the tail number was shaded to read BOB for quite a while.

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.