|Object Name:||F-16 Model (large)|
|Platform(s):||F-16A/B Fighting Falcon|
|Year of Manufacture:||Unknown|
In January 1972 the Lightweight Fighter Programme asked for designs from several American manufacturers. In January 1975 General Dynamics was pronounced the winner with the YF-16. Since its small beginning with an initial USAF order for 650 aircraft, the F-16 has become one of the largest and most successful military aircraft in aviation history. At least 23 countries have purchased the F-16 in various forms. The Company supplies the Head Up Display.
This is a model of F-16A Tail No. 75-0746 which was built in 1977. In 1982 it was based at Langley AFB to test a decouple pylon concept. The aircraft received the larger block 15 stabilisers and the tail also received the extended tail housing for a parachute during this time. In 2004 it was decommissioned to become a Gate Guardian at McEntire ANGB, South Carolina.
The F-16 A was the demonstration aircraft for the Thunderbirds display team since the 1983 season. The team continues to fly the F-16, having switched from the F-16A to the F-16C in 1992. Only a few minor modifications differentiate a Thunderbird from an operational F-16C. These include the replacement of the 20 mm cannon and ammunition drum with a smoke-generating system, including its plumbing and control switches, the removal of the jet fuel starter exhaust door, and the application of the Thunderbirds' glossy red, white, and blue polyurethane paint scheme. All of the modification work is performed at the maintenance depot at Hill AFB near Ogden, Utah. Other than those modifications, the aircraft are taken from the standard USAF inventory as production fighters, and can be returned to an operational squadron in short order without any major modification.
The given height includes the stand.; the height of the aircraft alone is 320mm.