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USAF General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon Fighter - 174th Fighter Squadron "The Bats", 185th Fighter Group, Iowa Air National Guard

Hobby Master USAF General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon Fighter - 174th Fighter Squadron "The Bats", 185th Fighter Group, Iowa Air National Guard




 
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Hobby Master HA3820 USAF General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon Fighter - 174th Fighter Squadron "The Bats", 185th Fighter Group, Iowa Air National Guard (1:72 Scale) "Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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 1:72 scale diecast replica of a USAF General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon Fighter that was attached to the 174th Fighter Squadron, 185th Fighter Group, Iowa Air National Guard "The Bats." Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 7-inches
Length: 8-inches

Release Date: March 2014

Historical Account: "The Bats" - During their year in South Vietnam, the 174th flew 6,539 combat sorties totaling 11,359 hours of combat time. One pilot was killed in action and two airmen were killed on active duty. The unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Individually, its members were awarded 12 Silver Stars, 35 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 30 Bronze Stars, 115 Air Force Commendation Medals, 325 Air Medals, and 1 Purple Heart. On May 28th, 1969, the personnel and aircraft were returned to Sioux City and released from active duty. In addition, the 174th Fighter Squadron won the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with a designation of valor.

The "Bat" depicted on the tails of the aircraft and the shoulder patch of the pilots during the Vietnam War became a legendary symbol of the 174th Tactical Fighter Squadron. "Bat" was the call sign of the 174th during its Vietnam War service, and the "Bats" became renowned for their outstanding performance.

The squadron converted to the A-7D Corsair II in 1977. While flying the A-7s, the unit won the Spaatz trophy for the second time in 1990, recognizing them as the best Air Guard unit in the country. The Unit also was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit award five times - 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, and 1991. In 1989, the unit won the 12th Air Force A-7 gunnery meet for the second time.

On December 19th, 1991, the squadron received its first F-16s. The F-16 "Fighting Falcon" would be the last single-seat fighter jet that the unit would fly before the conversion to KC-135 tankers in 2003.

As part of the Global War on Terrorism, the squadron has participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Landing gear cam be displayed in lowered or retracted position
  • Plexiglass canopy
  • Full weapons loadout
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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