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F-16 fighter pilot hit by enemy fire over Serbia VHF

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:04 pm
by Frequency Hopper
The last tense minutes of a fighter pilot about to eject from an F-16 hit by enemy fire over Serbia

The above video and audio were recorded by the U.S. Air Force F-16CG #88-0550 belonging to the 31th Fighter Wing from Aviano airbase, Italy, which was shot down during a combat mission over Serbia during Allied Force.

The F-16, callsign “Hammer 34″ was egressing from the target area located near Novi Sad, at 02.00 AM LT on May 2, 1999, when a Serbian surface-to-air missile exploded close to the plane, causing heavy damage to its engine.

Pilot Lt. Col. David Goldfein was eventually able to eject safely from the plane that lost the engine thrust and began to glide towards the ground and was later rescued by a Combat SAR team (on two MH-53J Pave Low and a MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter) who picked him up before dawn. But this video will let you hear and feel those last few minutes of a fighter pilot on a damaged plane who knows is about to eject behind the enemy lines.

By the way, another detail worth noticing is that the Hammer flight, made of 4 F-16s was talking interplane on a low VHF frequency, 123.450 MHz that is commonly used by General Aviation planes (because it’s easy to remember 1-2-3-4-5), and did not use encrypted comms, something that made their conversation easily intercepted by the Serbians (as occurred also more than a decade later in Libya proving that COMSEC doesn’t imply the use of Have Quick radios in war).

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Re: F-16 fighter pilot hit by enemy fire over Serbia VHF

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:06 pm
by Frequency Hopper
I thought this was very gripping audio. The RAF and USAF still use 123.450 which is interestingly a strange obvious frequency to use for tactical coms.