There’s nothing to prevent the guns on an F-16 from firing when the plane is on the ground, something a maintenance worker confirmed earlier this week when he pulled the trigger on a F-16’s 20mm Vulcan cannon. The worker gunfire destroyed another F-16 on the runway and badly damaged another plane.
The incident occurred at Belgium’s Florennes Air Force. “A worker apparently opened fire across the flight line while performing maintenance on Oct. 11,” Task and Purpose writes. “The F-16 that was racked by cannon fire quickly caught fire and exploded, since it was loaded with fuel and being readied for an afternoon sortie.”