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F-16 LCD Key Fob

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1734
Category: Vehicles/Platforms
Object Type: Promotional Item
Object Name: F-16 LCD Key Fob
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Lockheed
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon , F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
Year of Manufacture: circa 2009
Dimensions: Width (mm): 30
Height (mm): 117
Depth (mm): 9
Weight (g): 28
Location: Cupboard CK (Display 6) [Main Store]

Fighting Falcon


The fob of this item contains a photograph of an F-16 aircraft in flight. Overlaying this is an LCD shutter driven by a photocell-powered circuit which switches the shutter on and off with a period of about 2 seconds; The effect is a blinking image of the aircraft when light shines on the key fob, thereby drawing attention to the image.

This item was a gift from Dave Caney (at the Fort Worth Office of BAE Systems) to Martin Redfern on his retirement from BAE Systems at Rochester in 2009, Martin having worked on various F-16 HUD designs during his career.

This item is now donated to the RAA for safe keeping.

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.

The Company in common with most organisations has a wide range of items promoting the Company name as a form of advertising. The range extends from  'cheap and cheeful'; the sort of thing that would be on the Stand at an Exhibition like the SBAC Farnborough Show. The young visitors love collecting these items along with pictures and Brochures. Such items would include the following:

Stickers, Carrier Bags, Furry Bugs, simple aircraft assembly kits, Cardboard Head Up Display, Drinks Mats. Sometimes a collection of items is put together in something like a Pouch or presentation bag.

A more up-market offering, of better quality, might include:

Mugs, Pens, Key Fobs, Tape Dispensers, Magnifying Glasses, Model cars or the Hybrid Bus, Penknife and Pens.

The top range gifts are usually presented to important visitors or taken on visits to customers and these might include:

Executive Toys, Paperweights, Business Card Holders, Wallets, Clocks, Calculators, Engraved glasses and Glass blocks with a contained model and legend (BAE Systems liked to produce glass Globes to illustrate the global reach of the company). A rather special gift has been a Hologram of a coin.

Ties have been a regular gift in the days when they were regularly worn and were presented as recognition of achievement or membership of a group or ‘club as well as being a promotional gift. Employees for example will be encouraged to wear a T-Shirt with a Corporate Logo which gives a corporate identity. 

The RAA includes items of this type acquired from Suppliers and visits to Customers.


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