I was reading thru some USAF Accident Investigative Board (AIB) reports and ran across a bit of info I wasn't aware of.
An F-16C crashed at Balad Air Base, Iraq after landing. The left main tire blew and despite the very valiant efforts of the pilot, eventually departed the runway resulting in over 7 million dollars in damage, the pilot was fine. The revelation to me happened as I was reading the official findings of the board, which stated in part, and I quote: "Maintenance personals failure to accurately track the number of landings resulted in the MLG tires being used for landings that were in excess of the prescribed maximum (22 landings on tires restricted to 20 landings).
Unless they just meant that there were only 20 landings left on the tire at last inspection or something, I'm guessing that fighter tires have a much lower life expectancy than I would have thought. I realize you have a lot of weight coming in at high speeds but that number still surprised me. Anybody who can shed some more light on this?