Hobby Master HA3837 Lockheed F-16D Fighting Falcon 691, 140 Sqn., RSAF, Singapore 1/72
Hobby Master 1/72 Lockheed F-16D Fighting Falcon 691, 140 Sqn., RSAF, Singapore HA3837
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.
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.