The F-16 Fighting Falcon is the 7th aircraft in my unique diecast challenge coin collection. This is one aircraft that pretty much anyone that has ever spent anytime in the Air Force would recognize. The first time I saw the F-16 was when I was stationed at Spangdahlem AB in Germany.
I was also fortunate enough to receive an incentive flight in an F-16 after winning a Wing Annual award back in 2008. I must say no roller coaster ride could ever compare to the experience I had that day.
The F-16 was originally designed by General Dynamics for the US Air Force as an Air Superiority Day Fighter. General Dynamics got out of the aircraft business in 1993 and sold everything to Lockheed Martin. The F-16 is being used by the active duty USAF, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard units, the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and as an adversary-aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. Over 4500 F-16s have been put into production to be utilized by 25 countries across the globe. If you have been to any airshow at an Air Force base than you have probably seen the Air Force Thunderbirds perform.
The F-16 was given it’s nickname “Fighting Falcon” on July 21, 1980. On 1 October 1980 the first F-16 were delivered to the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah for operational service for the US Air Force. This is why I decided to go with the original 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron patch from 1980 on the bottom of this diecast challenge coin of the F-16. It is 3 inches long and all of the artwork is laser etched before hard enamel paint is used to finish off the patch on the bottom of the aircraft. The F-16 is scheduled to be in service through 2025 and be eventually replaced by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
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