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.
All of the 62 Fighting Falcons operated by the Republic of Singapore are advanced F- 16C/D block 52 aircraft. The first block 50/52 F-16 came off the production line on October 31, 1991. Aircraft 691 was msn 0280, serial 94-0280 and c/n DB-7. Assigned to the 140 Squadron “Osprey” (Motto – Stand Firm in Defence) is based at Tengah Air Base and wears a red tail band. Block 50/52 has improved engines rated at 29,000 lbs of thrust. Over 25 countries operate the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
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