1:72 Scale Diecast Metal - Lockheed Martin F-16A Fighting Falcon "Flying Tigers" Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force - ROCAF – Length: 8" (from tail to tip of antenna) Wingspan: 5.75”
This model is a single seat and includes a pilot figure. The canopy is not movable. This model comes with optional wing and fuselage attachments, such as Air to Air missiles, smart bombs and a center line fuel tank. The model includes a detailed landing gear as well as the covers of the wheel wells to give the appearance of in-flight. A heavy duty metal stand is included. The display stand is not compatible with the center line fuel tank. In other words, the model can't be mounted on the display stand if the center line fuel tank is also attached.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box measures 11.5 inches by 9.5 inches by 4 inches.
The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirolefighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976. Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are still being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation,which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.
The Fighting Falcon has key features including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system which helps to make it a nimble aircraft. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment. The F-16's official name is "Fighting Falcon", but "Viper" is commonly used by its pilots, due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper starfighter.
In addition to active duty U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard units, the aircraft is also used by the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy. The F-16 has also been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations.