Lockheed F-16A Netz – 116 Sqn IDF/AF, Ramat David AB, Israel, Operation Opera, June 7th 1981
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3817: Lockheed F-16A Netz #107 of 116 Sqn,IDF/AF, Ramat David AB, Israel, Operation Opera, June 7th 1981
Length 8.25 inches Wingspan 5.25 inches
On June 7, 1981 a raid on the Iraqi Osirak nuclear reactor under construction was executed by the IDF/AF. Called “Operation Opera” it consisted of 8 F-16A Netz loaded with 2,000 pound bombs and 3 external fuel tanks and a pair of air-to-air missiles. The bombs were dropped and all aircraft returned safely. One of the F-16 Netz was #107 of the First Jet Squadron that would later become the most successful aircraft of this type when in 1982 it shot down 6.5 Syrian MiGs.
Designed by General Dynamics as a lightweight, daytime USAF air-combat fighter, the F-16 was first flown on January 20th, 1974. This single-engine, supersonic aircraft has, over the years, evolved into a multirole aircraft. It has a frameless bubble canopy-giving its pilot superior visibility-and it uses advanced aerodynamics. The F-16 was one of the first designs to use a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire system, which helps it pull 9-g maneuvers and achieve speeds of more than Mach 2. Called “Viper” by its pilots, the F-16 is considered one of the most successful aircraft designs of the Cold War, with 4,400+ aircraft built since 1976.