U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon suffered a devastating “birdstrike”

On April 17, 2019, an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Holloman Air Force Base Suffered a bird strike during a routine landing

The photo you can see here first posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Wednesday shows the aftermath of a bird strike.

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon suffered a devastating “birdstrike”

The bird strike was confirmed by the spokesperson for the 49th Wing.

“When a bird strike occurs, the remains are sent to the Smithsonian where they classify the bird and determine how it was struck,” 2nd Lt. Jasmine Manning told Task & Purpose in an email. “The bird pictured is a Swanson’s Hawk.”

“HAFB takes measures to prevent as many of these strikes as possible, as well as any obstruction that would affect a safe take-off or landing of our aircraft,” she added.

Here is an old Video of F-16 Bird Strike during takeoff. Unfortunately, the pilot lost control on the jet and had to eject during that incident


Holloman AFB is host to both the 49th Wing’s fleet of F-16C/D Fighting Falcon fighter jets and the F-16C training aircraft assigned to the 54th Fighter Group as part of the Air Force’s Education and Training Command.

A bird strike or bird ingestion (for an engine) or bird hit, or bird aircraft strike hazard (BASH)—is a collision between an airborne animal (usually a bird or bat) and a manmade vehicle, especially an aircraft.

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  1. You might want to adjust the captioning of the video at the bottom of this article “Here is an old video….” On YouTube, it has often (and mistakenly) been referred to as video from an F-16 birdstrike, which is incorrect. The mishap aircraft is a BAE Hawk, not an F-16, which is easily verifiable by HUD symbology and the audible warning system. The student pilot in the front and the instructor pilot in the back did not even come close to losing control of the jet. Rather, the birdstrike disabled the engine. Having no usable thrust and with insufficient energy to complete a successful flameout pattern, they ejected.

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