F-16 Viper Demo Team Emergency landing III

EMERGENCY LANDING STOPS USAF F-16 VIPER DEMO TEAM DISPLAY AT RIAT 2019

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FAIRFORD, ENGLAND – Scarey moments on the last day of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford Air Base. The USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team’s display had to stop the display, due to a damaged aircraft. The pilot landed the F-16 safely.

The video shows a damaged elevator. Video: Nigel Woolley on YouTube

The display Sunday was short lived as only a few minutes into the display an emergency was called, the display ceased and the pilot climbed higher to circle, while assessing the issue. Then the pilot performed a fly over for the ground crew at the show to inspect the F-16.

Another video of the emergency landing from a slightly different angle.
Video: Elwyn R on YouTube

Various reports suggest the problem was “spontaneous delamination of the stabilizer’s composite material”. However, the raw footage in the next video show no evidence of anything striking the tail.

This video shows the moment what looks like the trailing edge of the right horizontal stabilizer broke away, followed by a stream of debris from the same area.
Video: flugsnug on YouTube

Eventually the pilot landed the F-16 safely. The landing revealed what appeared to be damage to the right elevator of the aircraft.

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This image shows us a clear view on the damaged right elevator.
Image
: Elwyn R on YouTube

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(Image: from Elwyn R video)

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