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F-16 Fighting Falcon

 

—113 Wing, D.C. Air National Guard —

 
"Fighting Falcon" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 21, 2014
1. "Fighting Falcon" Marker
Inscription.
Fighting Falcon
The F-16 became the D.C. Air National Guard alert duty aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001.
For twelve years, this capable fighter has responded to more than 4,000 individual alert missions over the District of Columbia. The U.S. Air Force has flown the F-16 in every major conflict since its operational service date in 1980, including: Panama, the Gulf War, Operations Northern and Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Allied Force, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and Odyssey Dawn. The F-16 is a single-engine, supersonic, multi-role tactical fighter aircraft. Lightweight and nimble, the F-16 has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. The jet can pull nine G-force maneuvers and reach a maximum speed of more than Mach 2 (1,500 mph). The F-16 includes innovations such as a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, a side- mounted control stick, and reclined seat to reduce G-force effects. The aircraft displayed was the 8th F-16 to roll off the assembly line. It began life as a block 1 F-16A, assigned to the world’s first F-16 Squadron, the 16th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, on October 1, 1980. It was then reassigned to the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which was the world’s first operational combat F-16 Fighter Squadron
The "Fighting Falcon" on display behind the fence with the marker in view to the right image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 21, 2014
2. The "Fighting Falcon" on display behind the fence with the marker in view to the right
- in front of the tree near the main entrance to the Joint Force Headquarters: District of Columbia National Guard.
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also at Hill AFB. The aircraft was subsequently upgraded to a Block 10 model went on to serve in operational combat units stationed around the world at locations such as Nellis AFB, Nev., Torrejon Air Base, Spain, and finally Tucson ANG Base, Ariz. It was retired from the inventory in 1993. It was flown by numerous "Capital Guardians" during its time in service both in training and operational roles. The F-16 on display, Tail No. 78-008, is shown with the paint and labeling of the 113 Wing, D.C. Air National Guard and is on loan from the U.S. Air Force Heritage Program.
 
Erected by 113 Wing, D.C. Air National Guard.
 
Location. 38° 53.361′ N, 76° 58.535′ W. Marker is in Southeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on East Capitol Street, SE west of 22nd Street, SE, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the east lawn near the main entrance to the Joint Force Headquarters, DC National Guard Armory. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. UH-IV Iroquois (within shouting distance of this marker); George Preston Marshall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark Calvin Griffith
"Fighting Falcon" on static display behind the East Capitol Street fence image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 21, 2014
3. "Fighting Falcon" on static display behind the East Capitol Street fence
- in front of the Joint Force Headquarters: District of Columbia National Guard.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elbridge Gerry (approx. half a mile away); Historic Congressional Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Heroes of 1814 (approx. half a mile away); General Peterson Goodwyn (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Southeast.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  113th Wing Air National Guard: "The Capital Guardians". (Submitted on May 22, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. DC Armory
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryNotable EventsWar, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm
 
Joint Force Headquarters: District of Columbia National Guard image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 15, 2014
4. Joint Force Headquarters: District of Columbia National Guard
"The DC Armory"- viewed from across East Capital Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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