Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA3871 Lockheed F-16C “Post-Depot Ferry Scheme” 86-0295, 354th Wing,18th Aggressor Sqn., Alaska, 2017. 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.
Lockheed F-16C 86-0295 c/n 5C-401 was delivered to the 35th TFW in 1988. In January 2008 the aircraft was transferred to the 18th Aggressor Squadron 354th Wing in Alaska. In early 2017 86-0295 underwent an inspection and overhaul at Hill AFB and was given a matte black paint scheme with yellow markings. This was the base coat for a new forest green splinter scheme the F-16 would receive when it reached Eielson AFB, Alaska in July but the new green scheme didn’t occur until late December into January 2018.