- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Highly detailed
- Display Stand Included
- Measures 8.5” L x 5.75” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors.
The Lockheed Martin (former General Dynamics) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976. Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation, which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.
The Fighting Falcon's key features include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system which helps to make it a nimble aircraft. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment. The F-16's official name is "Fighting Falcon", but "Viper" is commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Colonial Viper starfighter on Battlestar Galactica which aired around when the F-16 entered service.
The F-16C (single seat) and F-16D (two seat) variants entered production in 1984. Thefirst C/D version was the Block 25 with improved cockpit avionics and radar which added all-weathercapability with beyond-visual-range (BVR) AIM-7 and AIM-120 air-air missiles. Block 30/32, 40/42, and 50/52 were later C/D versions.
In addition to active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard units, the aircraft is also used by the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy. The F-16 has also been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations.] As of 2015, it is the world's most numerous fixed-wing aircraft in military service.
This AF1 model represents an F-16C (Bureau Number 87-0339) from the 182nd Fighter Squadron “ Lone Star Gunfighters” assigned to Colonel Jack Presely. A Texas Air National Guard training squadron based at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The Lone Star Gunfighters focus on getting pilots qualified to fly the F-16. The unit trains F-16 pilots for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard.
The model is highly detailed with squadron markings, panel lines, detailed cockpit with pilot figure. The model can be displayed with multiple optional configurations, The landing gear is optional, one can select to display the landing gear in its extended position or to cover the wheel wells as in the inflight position. The model also comes with internal and external payloads which include fuel tanks, 2 medium bombs and two air to air missiles. Metal display stand included.
This F-16C is an excellent addition to your diecast aircraft collection.