Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
F-16C Fighting Falcon
"75th Anniversary Scheme" 457th FS
The F-16 Fighting Falcon was produced by General Dynamics who became Lockheed who then
merged with Martin Marietta to become Lockheed Martin. The F-16 entered service in January
1979 as a multi-role jet fighter that evolved into an all-weather multi-role aircraft capable of
sustaining 9-g turns. The F-16 is relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain so the U.S. and
25 other countries added it to their inventory. The Fighting Falcon is referred to by its pilots as
the �Viper� and will remain in USAF service until 2025.
F-16C 86-0246 was completed in 1987 assigned the 23 TFS and then the 149th TFS. In 2007
the F-16 became the property of the 457th �Spads� TFS unit at NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort
Worth, Texas. The 457th formed in 1944 so to honor the unit�s 75th Anniversary in 2019 they
painted 86-0246 in a Lone Star State scheme with representations of the various aircraft the unit
has flown over the 75 years. Due to unforeseen problems it wasn�t available until November 2020.
True 1/72 scale.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Canopy can be displayed open or closed.
Pilot figure included.
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.