WTW-72-010-003 Lockheed F-16C Fighting Falcon USAF 352nd FG VA ANG, "Cripes A' Mighty", Byrd Field,
|Lockheed F-16C Fighting Falcon||8.25"||5.25"|
F-16C #86-0244 was painted in a special commemorative scheme for the September 2000 renuion of the 352nd Fighter Group. The colors replicated those of the 352nd's famous WWII US Fighter Ace, George Preddy. Preddy named his blue-nosed P-51D Mustang "Cripes A' Mighty", after a popular expression he picked up from the locals while stationed in England.
Designed by General Dynamics as a lightweight, daytime USAF air-combat fighter, the F-16 was first flown on January 20th, 1974. This single-engine, supersonic aircraft has, over the years, evolved into a multirole aircraft. It has a frameless bubble canopy—giving its pilot superior visibility—and it uses advanced aerodynamics. The F-16 was one of the first designs to use a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire system, which helps it pull 9-g maneuvers and achieve speeds of more than Mach 2. Called "Viper" by its pilots, the F-16 is considered one of the most successful aircraft designs of the Cold War, with 4,400+ aircraft built since 1976.