DRW50252 USN General Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon Fighter - Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon, Nevada (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.
This new item showcases the eyecatching markings of the NSAWC based at NAS Fallon Nevada. The scheme includes three shades of brown. The advantage of using the F-16 Fighting Falcon at NSAWC is that it presents a totally unique adversary to the standard F-14s and F/A-18s flown by the US Navy.
Pictured here is a US Navy F-16B Fighting Falcon Multi-Role fighter that was employed at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon, Nevada. Sold Out!
Release Date: August 2006
Historical Account: "Top Gun" - The U.S. Army has its OPFOR, and so does the U.S. Navy – in the form of its F-16B Fighting Falcons! The Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at NAS Fallon (near Reno in Nevada) fields a fleet of fourteen F-16A/B Block 15 fighters. These Fighting Falcons were part of an embargoed Pakistan Air Force order that spent many years in storage in the dry climate of Arizona. After being readied for flight again, they were dispatched to NSAWC in 2003 ready to take up dissimilar air combat training duties.