F-16 damaged by Taliban-claimed fire in Afghanistan #F16
October 19, 2015 (by Josh Smith) - An American F-16 fighter jet was hit by small-arms fire last week in eastern Afghanistan, forcing the pilot to jettison fuel tanks and weapons before safely landing at a base, the U.S. military confirmed on Monday. The incident occurred in Paktia province Tuesday, when surface-to-air fire hit one of the aircraft’s stabilizers and damaged one of the munitions a U.S. military official said in a statement. “The pilot jettisoned two fuel tanks and three munitions before safely returning to base,” the statement said. “The pilot received no injuries.” Officials did not comment on the warplane’s mission. Several American and other coalition helicopters have been shot down in the past by insurgents in Afghanistan, but hitting a multimillion-dollar supersonic jet like the F-16 is a rare feat. Most small arms have an effective range of a only few t...