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 F-16D Falcon assigned to the US Air Force's 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing. Sold Out!
Historical Account: The 52nd Fighter Wing is the largest fighter operation in Germany and the most versatile wing in U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with three fighter squadrons and an air control squadron. The mission of the 52nd Fighter Wing is to be constantly ready to deploy/employ expertly trained, well-equipped forces to achieve U.S./NATO objectives through suppression, interdiction and close air support, as well as maintenance and support of tactical operations.