Lockheed F-16AM Fighting Falcon – 53rd Sqn, Romanian Air Force, Romania 2017
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3859: Lockheed F-16AM Fighting Falcon #1601 of 53rd Sqn, Romanian Air Force, Romania, 2017
Length 8.25 inches Wingspan 5.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box lid has some very light scuffs. Model is new
Romania left the Warsaw Pact and joined NATO so as their MiG-21s were running out of serviceability they looked for a replacement that would correspond to other NATO equipment. Portugal was willing to sell F-16s that were 30 years old but that had the mid-life upgrade (MLU) that gave them another 20 years of service. The 12 aircraft consisted of 9 F-16AM and 3 F-16BM. Romanian F-16AM 1601 originally had a U.S serial of 82-0904 and a Portuguese serial 61-497. These aircraft would equip the Fortele Aeriene Romane (FAR) 53rd Squadron.
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.