One of the most successful aircraft designs of the Cold War, the F-16, nicknamed the "Viper" by pilots, included innovations such as a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, a side-mounted control stick for greater control while maneuvering, and a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system for a smoother flight at higher speeds. Though no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, it remains in service throughout the world (25 nations in total have operated the Fighting Falcon). The "C" variant was an upgraded model entering production in 1984.
Made by Hobby Master, this 1/72 scale, die cast model replicates an F-16C Block 30 as it appeared in 2008 with the 18th Aggressor Squadron (a unit that began flying the F-16 in 1991). It features a signature black, white, and gray paint scheme, an Alaska silhouette on the tail (the 18th's home state), realistic panel lines, a glazed canopy, a removable pilot figure, a well-equipped cockpit, full weapons complement (including missiles, bombs, and rockets), a detailed exhaust port, optional-position landing gear, and a display stand. Measures approximately 8¼" long with a 5½" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA3844