Hobby Master HA3844 1/72 Scale General Dynamics F-16C Block 30 Fighting Falcon Diecast Model 86-0290, 18th AGRS “Blue Foxes”, Arctic Camouflage Scheme, USAF
Commander’s Aircraft, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, 2008.
- Wingspan 13.6 cm 5.35 in Approx
- Length 20.5 cm 8.07 in Approx
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA3844 – 1/72 Scale F-16C Block 30 Fighting Falcon Diecast Model.
1/72 Scale Air Power Series.
Hobby Master HA3844 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the General Dynamics F-16C Block 30 Fighting Falcon s/n 86-0290. In the Arctic Camouflage scheme and markings of the 18th Aggressor Squadron, 354th Fighter Wing. Based at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
18th Aggressor Squadron “Blue Foxes” USAF.
The 18th Aggressor Squadron “Blue Foxes” is a unit of the United States Air Force, assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing. Based at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska and operates the General Dynamics F-16C/D Block 30 aircraft. The aggressor squadron’s role is to simulate the aircraft and tactics of foreign air forces in the training of USAF and allied aircrews.
First formed in 1940 at Moffet Field, Calfornia as a Southwest Air District pursuit squadron, equipped with a variety of aircraft. Deployed to Alaska in February 1941 and took part in the Aleutian Campaign, 1942–1943. Deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch and Enduring Freedom. The squadron received their first F-16s in January 1982 and moved to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, 1991. Re-designated as the 18th Aggressor Squadron on October 1, 2007.
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter. The first flight occurred on December 8, 1976, and the aircraft entered service in January 1979. Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into an all-weather multi-role aircraft. The first fighter designed for 9-g maneuvers and the first to use a fly by wire flight control system. The F-16 uses block numbers to designate upgrades. Over the years software, hardware, weapons and air-frame have undergone enhancement, during production or retrofitted. It is in service with the US Air Force and 25 other countries.
Overseas production of the F-16 took place in European at Fokker in the Netherlands and at SABCA in Belgium. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) produced F-16s for the Turkish and Egyptian Air Forces. Korean Aerospace Industries production the KF-16.
General Dynamics aircraft manufacturing business became part of Locked Corporation in 1993. Lockheed Corporation became Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.
The General Dynamics F-16 is a semi-monocoque metal structure. Constructed mainly of aluminium alloy along with steel, composites and titanium. The cropped delta wings are cantilevered and mid-mounted on the fuselage with 40° sweep-back. The wings have automatic controlled leading edge maneuvering flaps and flaperons (flaps/ailerons) on the trailing edge. Highly swept strakes extend along the fuselage fore-body, create vortex lift and control. The tail unit is a cantilever swept back structure with all-moving horizontal (stabilator) tail-planes. A pair of ventral fins are located aft of the wings. The tail unit’s construction uses aluminium alloy, graphite epoxy skins and aluminium honeycomb. The tricycle undercarriage is hydraulically actuated with pneumatic oleo struts.
The cockpit has a frame-less single-piece bubble canopy that provides excellent all round vision. The seat-back angle of 30 degrees, increases pilot comfort and tolerance to gravitational forces. The pilot controls the F-16 with a side stick controller via a “fly-by-wire” system. Electrical wires relay commands, replacing the usual cables and linkage controls. The F-16 B/D two-seat variants have tandem cockpits. The forward cockpit is used by the student pilot.
The F-16 A/B and early F-16C/Ds used a single Pratt & Whitney F100 afterburning turbofan engine. F-16 C/D block 30/32 on-wards were built under the Alternative Fighter Engine project. The project allowed aircraft to be fitted with the Pratt & Whitney engine or General Electric F110. From this point, blocks ending in “0” (e.g. Block 30) are powered by GE, and blocks ending in “2” (e.g. Block 32) are fitted with Pratt & Whitney. The engine air intake is a fixed design. An in-flight refuelling receptacle is located on the fuselage centre line behind the cockpit.
Avionics include colour liquid-crystal multi-function displays (MFD) and head-up display (HUD). Enhanced global positioning and inertial navigation systems. Compatibility with night-vision goggles (NVG) and Boeing Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS). Instrument landing and warning systems with countermeasure pods.
Originally equipped with the Westinghouse AN/APG-66 fire-control radar. The F-16C/D Block 25 on-wards use the AN/APG-68 with greater range and resolution. It has 25 operating modes including, ground-mapping, Doppler beam-sharpening, ground moving target indication. Sea target and track while scan (TWS) for up to 10 targets. The F-16E/F uses the Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
- One by 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon in the left wing root.
- Eleven Hardpoints:
- Air-to-air missile launch rails on each wing-tip, six under-wing, Three under-fuselage.
- Able to carry up to 7,700 kg (17,000 lb) of payload.
- LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (Hydra 70 mm/APKWS rockets).
- LAU-5003 rocket pods (CRV7 70 mm rockets).
- LAU-10 rocket pods (Zuni 127 mm rockets).
- Air-to-air missiles:
- AIM-7 Sparrow.
- AIM-9 Sidewinder.
- AIM-120 AMRAAM.
- Python-4 and Python-5.
- Air-to-surface missiles:
- AGM-65 Maverick.
- AGM-88 HARM.
- AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM).
- Anti-ship missiles:
- AGM-84 Harpoon.
- AGM-119 Penguin.
- Air-to-air missiles:
- CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition.
- CBU-89 Gator mine.
- CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon.
- Mark 84/83/82 general-purpose bombs.
- GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB).
- GBU-10/12/24/27 Paveway series.
- Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) series.
- AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).
- Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD).
- B61 and B83 nuclear bombs.
- SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod.
- AN/ALQ-131 & AN/ALQ-184 ECM pods.
- LANTIRN, Lockheed Martin Sniper XR & LITENING targeting pods.
- Up to Three drop tanks.
- UTC Aerospace DB-110 long-range EO/IR sensor pod on the centerline.
- Maximum speed: Mach 2, 2,336 km/h (1,451 mph).
- Combat radius: 550 km (340 mi) on a hi-lo-hi mission with four 450 kg (1,000 lb) bombs.
- Ferry range: 4,220 km (2,620 mi) with drop tanks.
- Service ceiling: 15,240+ m (50,000+ ft).
- General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
- 18th Aggressor Squadron USAF.
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Hobby Master HA3844 – 1/72 Scale General Dynamics F-16C Block 30 Fighting Falcon Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 86-0290, 18th AGRS “Blue Foxes”, Arctic Camouflage scheme, Commander’s Aircraft, USAF, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, 2008.