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Barney Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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.  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,
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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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 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.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMilitaryNotable EventsWar, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm.
 
Location. 38° 53.352′ N, 76° 58.489′ W. Marker is in Barney Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Memorial is on East Capitol Street Southeast west of 22nd Street Southeast, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the east lawn near the main entrance to the Joint Force Headquarters, DC National Guard
"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.
Armory. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 East Capitol Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Preston Marshall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); UH-IV Iroquois (about 400 feet away); Clark Calvin Griffith (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memory of Eastern High School Alumni (approx. ¼ mile away); Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Uriah Tracy (approx. half a mile away); Thomas R. Gedney (approx. half a mile away); John Smilie (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barney Circle.
 
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
 
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 was last revised on May 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on May 30, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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