Nearly 40 Years of Fighting Falcons
You know, I don't like being beat to the punch, nor do I like being late, especially for an anniversary. And when that date just so happens to be for a subject as dear to my heart as the F-16, it really grinds my gears. Couple that with the fact that I'm building a model F-16 and I might as well be sleeping in the dog house tonight...
What can I say? Happy belated anniversary to you, you beautiful little fighter.
Since then, the F-16 has seen numerous upgrades and has been delivered to at least 28 different countries, including Israel, Greece, and Taiwan. It has seen involvement in conflicts across the globe, from Operation Desert Storm, to recent engagements in Operation Enduring Freedom. It is scheduled to see service until 2025 when it is projected to be replaced my the F-35 JSF...we shall see.
Its first flight might have been a little rocky, but it developed into a great fighter with a wide range of capabilities. I'll be sure to wish her a happy 39th anniversary when I see her at drill...even if it is a bit late.