‘80542 flew onto the scene on October 24, 1981, and was delivered to the 313 Tactical Fighter Squadron at Hahn Air Base, Germany, in December 1981. Between 1981 and 1994, ‘80542 served valiantly with several fighter squadrons. On March 29, 1994, ‘80542 ended its 13 years of service with retirement to AMARC at Davis-Monthan. Built as a Block 15 - an enhanced version of the original F-16 design - 80542’s modifications included upgraded avionics and radar, increased payload capacity, and compatibility with advanced weapons systems. These improvements made the F-16 even more effective in air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
Today, the F-16 remains a vital instrument of air superiority, with over 3,000 operating in over 25 countries. Now manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the F-16 Block 70/72 continues this unparalleled legacy, with several being deployed to five countries over the next few years and many more on order.
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