KINETIC | F-16D BLOCK 30/40/50 USAF 1:48 Model Kit
450 parts in grey plastic; 30 parts in clear; markings for three aircraft.
All new – no parts at all in common with Kinetic’s earlier generation F-16 kits; crisp and fine surface textures; high level of detail in cockpit, wheel wells, radar bay & engine nozzle; perfectly printed Cartograf decal sheets; full weapons fit; lots of useful options; clear instructions.
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force. Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. More than 4,600 F-16s have been built since production was approved in 1976. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation, which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.
Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are being built for export customers.
The Fighting Falcon’s key features include a frameless bubble canopy for good visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while manoeuvring, an ejection seat reclined 30 degrees from vertical to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system.
The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment.
In addition to active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard units, the aircraft is also used by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy. The F-16 has also been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations. As of 2015, it was the world’s most numerous fixed-wing aircraft in military service.
The F-16C (single seat) and F-16D (two seat) variants entered production in 1984. The first C/D version was the Block 25 with improved cockpit avionics and radar which added all-weather capability with beyond-visual-range (BVR) AIM-7 and AIM-120 air-air missiles. Block 30/32, 40/42, and 50/52 were later C/D versions.
The F-16C/D had a unit cost of US$18.8 million in 1998. Operational cost per flight hour has been estimated at $7,000 to $22,470 or $24,000, depending on calculation method.