BBI BBI3770 USAF General Dynamics F-16D Fighting Falcon Fighter - "We'll Take it from Here", 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Operation Enduring Freedom, 2003 [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:18 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 1:18 scale replica of a F-16D Falcon assigned to the US Air Force's 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing then participating in Operation Enduring Freedom during 2003.
Note: Due to the immense size and weight of this item, it does not qualify for the free UPS ground shipping discount. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 20-3/4 inches
Length: 32-3/4 inches
Release Date: July 2011
Historical Account: The 389th Fighter Squadron (389 FS) is part of the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. It operates F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft conducting close air support missions.
The 389th flew combat in the European Theater of Operations from, March 1943 - May 1945 and in Southeast Asia from, March 14th, 1966, to October 8th, 1971. The squadron trained F-111 Aardvark aircrews from September 30th, 1979, to June 26th, 1991.
In January 1992, the 366th TFW was reorganized as the 366th Wing and became the USAF's first (and only) air intervention composite wing. The wing possesses B-1B, F-15C, F-15E, KC-135R, and F-16C aircraft. In March 1992, the squadron was reactivated as the 389th Fighter Squadron and was assigned the Block 25 F-16C. In January 1994, the squadron converted to the latest F-16C, the Block 52, and later that year received the AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) and HARM Targeting System (HTS) pod. With HARM/HTS, the squadron picked up the demanding mission of suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), once performed primarily by the F-4G Wild Weasel aircraft. The squadron is truly a multirole unit - in addition to the primary SEAD mission, it also flies air superiority, defense counter air, and air interdiction missions.
The first combat missions since Southeast Asia occurred in March 1995 when the squadron flew in Operation PROVIDE COMFORT II enforcing "no fly" sanctions over northern Iraq. In April 1996, the squadron flew its first Operation SOUTHERN WATCH missions over Iraq from a base near Azraq, Jordan.
Its current mission is to perform close air support, interdiction, strategic attack, suppression of enemy air defense, and defensive counterair missions, employing the full array of U.S. Air Force capabilities including precision-guided munitions, inertially-aided munitions, night vision goggles, fighter data link, and Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN).
F-16C, #91-0401, from the 389th Fighter Squadron carried special nose-art and mission markings while deployed to Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar from November 2001 to January 2002, flying missions over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.