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.
On July 9, 1985 Lockheed F-16C 84-1220 c/n 5C57 was delivered to USAF 19 TFS “SW”. In 1990 the aircraft moved to the 184 TFG and became “Wolfe Man”. The next move for 84-1220 was in May 1994 when it went to the 134 FS where in August 2007 it deployed as part of Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning to the U.S. the aircraft became the property of the 179th FS “MN” in December 2008. In 2011 84-1220 was assigned to the 64th AGRS and became Bort 20 and in 2019 received the “Ghost” scheme.