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AF Grounds Two-Seater F-16s After Cracks Found

An F-16D Fighting Falcon from the 18th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Wing, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flies in formation. Senior Airman Joshua Strang/Air Force

August 20, 2014  | 

The Air Force grounded more than half of its F-16D fighter jets after it found structural cracks between the front and rear pilot seats in several aircraft, according to a statement released Tuesday. The cracks in the canopy longeron sill, a thin strip of material that fastens to the fuselage, were found in 82 of the Air Force's 157 F-16D aircraft.

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