Even at the ripe old age of 20, the F-16 Falcon remains a fast and potent favorite among fighter pilots, and one of the best fighters in its class. Designed originally as a no-frills, single-engine "hot rod", the addition of improved radar and weaponry have made the Falcon a super, lightweight jet. Used mainly as a bomber, the Fighting Falcon can also turn-and-burn with unbridled fury when provoked. It is also one of the first operational fly-by-wire aircraft; its flight controls being electronically operated and computer controlled. A 20mm cannon, Maverick missiles, and laser-guided bombs make the F-16 a potent multi-role fighter. However, it's light weight, speed and agility make it the choice of the US Air Force's Thunderbirds aerobatic team.
Pictured here is a gorgeous 1:48 scale diecast replica of a F-16 Falcon assigned to the 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, during Operation Enduring Freedom. Sold Out!
Historical Account: "Operation Enduring Freedom" - Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the official name used by the U.S. Government for its contribution to the War in Afghanistan, together with three smaller military actions, under the umbrella of its Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). The operation was originally called "Operation Infinite Justice", (often misquoted in news articles and political commentary as "Operation Ultimate Justice") but this phrase had previously been restricted to the description of God (among followers of several faiths), and it is believed to have been changed to avoid offense to Muslims. On October 5th, 2006, NATO officially took over control of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.