Hobby Master General Dynamics F-16A Republic of China Air Force 401st TFW Hualien Air Base 1/72 diecast metal and plastic parts. Fully assembled. HA3801
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.
In 1992 the ROCAF received approval to purchase 120 F-16A and 30 F-16B aircraft that were built approximately to MLU (Mid-Life Update) specifications. The 401st TFW moved to Hualien in July 1998 and eventually was comprised of the 17th TFS, 26th TFS and the 27th TFS. On July 14, 1998 the 401st received its first F-16. The second squadron to receive the new F-16s was the 26th TFS. The 26th TFS was commissioned on December 16, 1999 and received F-16 93-0778 tail number 6677 that same month.