Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA3875 Lockheed F-16D Block 52 10806, No.5 Sqn. “Falcons”, Pakistan AF, 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.
On October 30, 2010 Lockheed Martin F-16D Block 52+ 07-0018 along with two F-16C Block 52+, was delivered to the Pakistan Air Force at Shahbaz Air Base. The aircraft received the PAF serial 10806 and assigned to the No. 5 Squadron “Falcons”, Pakistan’s only F-16 squadron. The No. 5 Squadron is Pakistan’s second oldest squadron and was formed on August 15, 1947. In total Pakistan received twelve C variants and six D variants of the F-16 between June 2010 and February 2012.