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F-16 Model (small)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0248
Category: Vehicles/Platforms
Object Type: Model
Object Name: F-16 Model (small)
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Unknown
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
Dimensions: Width (mm): 247
Height (mm): 172
Depth (mm): 420
Weight (g): 380
Location: Cupboard CD (Models) [Main Store]

Fighting Falcon
General Dynamics


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.

This model was donated by John Spinks and it is marked accurately. The tail is marked "USAF 50746" and the fuselage bears the following Rescue notice:
"1. Push button to open door
2. Pull ring out 6 feet to jettison canopy"
and Maintenance notices:
"U.S. Air Force F-16 AF Serial No 01976"
"Service this aircraft with Grade JP-4 or Type B per ASTM-D-1655"
"Warning: this aircraft contains a canopy remover containing an explosive charge"
The given dimensions include the stand; by itself the aircraft height is 70mm and length/depth is 368mm.

The RAA contains a number of models of equipment and aircraft. The equipment models were used as a marketing aid and often to ensure that the production unit will fit in the space; this was particularly true for Head Up Displays. Such equipment models will have minimal or no functionality. Models might  just be used as weighted units or as cockpit lighting evaluation units. The HUD used on the YF-16 was of the correct weight and envelope but only mounted the Spin 'chute button (a feature only required for the early test flights). Many of these models were made by professional model makers from the original drawings and could be quite expensive; alternatively the real hardware would be used.

The aircraft models range from the simple small scale kits to quite large display items. The large model aircraft were often a marketing tool from places like Airbus or Boeing but may be found in Boardrooms or Reception areas wheras the small models may be given as a visitor handout. Those models made from kits have largely been brought in from home but are useful to illustrate the platform alongside the equipment. The large models will be hugely expensive.

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