Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA3866 Lockheed F-16C Block 52+ 4061, 6th Squadron, Polish Air Force, April 2016. Buy online now at Flying Tigers.
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.
On November 9, 2006 the first of forty eight Polish F-16s was flown to the 31st Tactical Air Base located at Krzesiny just outside Poznan. The 31st TAB has thirty two F-16s that equip the 3rd and 6th Fighter Squadrons. The other sixteen F-16s are located at the 32nd TAB in
Lask equipping the 10th Fighter Squadron. The Polish Air Force called the F-16 “Jastrzab” Northern Goshawk. Because of the new F-16s capabilities versus their older Soviet aircraft pilots had to learn new tactics that were similar to Western tactics.