Hobby Master HA3802 USAF General Dynamics F-16C Block 42 Fighting Falcon Fighter - 555th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy [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-16C Block 42 Fighting Falcon Fighter that was attached to the 555th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, then deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy. Sold Out!
Release Date: June 2012
Historical Account: "Triple Nickel" - The 555th Fighter Squadron (555 FS) is part of the 31st Operations Group at Aviano Air Base, Italy. It operates F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft conducting an air superiority mission.
On April 1st, 1994. it was reassigned to NATO and stationed at Aviano Air Base, Italy, absorbing the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft and equipment of the inactivated 526th Fighter Squadron, which had been inactivated at Ramstein AB, Germany when the 86th FW became an airlift wing (86th AW). At Aviano, the squadron returned to its previous mission as an operational combat fighter squadron