Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Lockheed F-16D Block 52+
4077, Polish Air Force, August 2016
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.
The F-16 entered service in January 1979 as a multi-role jet fighter that evolved into anall-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 main difference of the F-16 52+ versus previous blocks – optional Conformal Fuel Tanks, dorsal spine compartment, new radar, on-board oxygen generation system, JHMCS helmet (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System). Polish "C" airframes have serial numbers 4040 to 4075, the "D" airframes have numbering from 4076 to 4087.
On November 9, 2006 the first of forty eight Polish F-16s was flown to the 31st Tactical Air Base located at Krzesiny just outside Poznan. The 31st TAB has thirty two F-16s that equip the 3rd and 6th Fighter Squadrons. The other sixteen F-16s are located at the 32nd TAB in Lask equipping the 10th Fighter Squadron. The Polish Air Force called the F-16 "Jastrzab" Northern Goshawk. Because of the new F-16s capabilities versus their older Soviet aircraft pilots had to learn new tactics that were similar to Western tactics.