Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA3897 Lockheed F-16CM Fighting Falcon 92-3894, PACAF Viper Demo Team “Primo”, Komaki Base 2019. 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.
The USAF PACAF Demonstration Team is comprised of two F-16 pilots, a demonstration pilot and a safety observer as well as eight maintainers that are handpicked. On March 2, 2019 at the JASDF Komaki Open Base Air Festival F-16 92-3894 was flown by team Commander pilot Capt. Jacob “Primo” Impellizzeri. Primo took command in 2018 to begin his two year Viper Demo Team assignment. F-16 92-3894 had previously spent time with the 13th FS during “OIF” where it flew 21 missions.