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USAF General Dynamics F-16CG Fighting Falcon Fighter - 421st Fighter Squadron "Black Widows", Balad Air Base, Iraq, 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)
USAF General Dynamics F-16CG Fighting Falcon Fighter - 421st Fighter Squadron "Black Widows", Balad Air Base, Iraq, 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)

Hobby Master USAF General Dynamics F-16CG Fighting Falcon Fighter - 421st Fighter Squadron "Black Widows", Balad Air Base, Iraq, 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme]




 
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Hobby Master HA3811 USAF General Dynamics F-16CG Fighting Falcon Fighter - 421st Fighter Squadron "Black Widows", Balad Air Base, Iraq, 2006 [Low-Vis Scheme] (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-16CG Fighting Falcon Fighter that was attached to the 421st Fighter Squadron "Black Widows", then deployed to the Balad Air Base in Iraq during 2006. Sold Out!

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

Release Date: April 2013

Historical Account: "Black Widows" - On August 30th, 1990, the 421st Fighter Squadron deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. On 20 March 1991, the 421st redeployed to its home at Hill Air Force Base after distinguishing itself by flying 1,300 combat sorties (1,200 at night) without any losses or battle damage. Since then, the 421st FS has deployed around the world in support of various operations, including Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, and Noble Eagle.

In August 2002, the 421st transferred all its maintenance personnel to the 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as part of the wing reorganization. The 421st deployed with 388th Squadron's 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom from May to September 2003.

The 421st and AMU became the first-ever active duty F-16 squadron to deploy to Balad Air Base, Iraq, however the 107th Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard from Selfridge ANG Base Michigan was the first F-16 squadron to fly out Iraq In 2003. The 421st was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2004 to January 2005. The squadron flew over 1,300 sorties during its first deployment to Iraq. The squadron then returned to Balad Air Base from May to September 2006 flying 1,400 sorties and 6,400 hours.

On June 22nd, 2009, a single-seat F-16 from the squadron on a training mission, a nighttime high-angle strafing run, crashed in the Utah Test and Training Range. The pilot, Captain George Bryan Houghton, 28, was killed. A USAF mishap investigation concluded that the cause of the crash was pilot error, finding that Houghton's inexperience and apparent disorientation during the strafing run caused him to fly the aircraft into the ground.

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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