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.
The F-16 was originally designed by General Dynamics for the US Air Force as an Air Superiority Day Fighter. 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.
This diecast challenge coin is 3 inches in size with a polished nickel finish.