F-16BM Fighting Falcon, 1610, Romanian Air Force, 2017 (1:72) - Preorder item, order now for future delivery, Hobby Master Diecast Airplanes Item Number HA3860
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Length 8.17"
Wingspan 5.5"

Prepainted Diecast Metal Model

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    Description

    Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
    HA3860
    Lockheed Martin F-16BM
    1609, Romanian Air Force, 2017

    True 1/72 scale.
    Professionally painted.
    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.
    Highly collectable.

    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.

    Romania joined NATO and 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) extending their service by 20 years. The 12 aircraft consisted of 9 F-16AM and 3
    F-16BM. Portugal couldn�t release their own F-16BMs so they purchased 3 from the USAF to
    fulfill their obligation. Romanian F-16BM 1601 originally had a U.S serial of 82-1022 and a
    Portuguese serial 61-615. These aircraft would equip the For_ele Aeriene Rom�ne (FAR) 53rd
    Squadron.