During the 1980s the U.S. military wasn’t interested in an updated version of the F-16 so they
passed on the opportunity. Japan was replacing some of their aging fleet and decided to develop
the new F-16 Agile Falcon in cooperation with Mitsubishi and Lockheed Martin. Production began
in 1996 with the first aircraft being delivered in 2000. The new aircraft was named the F-2 and
soon earned the nickname “Viper Zero”. Although the F-2 looks similar to the original F-16 it is
larger in almost every aspect.
In June 2010 Mitsubishi F-2A 03-8557 c/n M1057 was delivered to the JASDF and in March 2011
was re-registered as 13-8557. In 2013 13-8557 represented the 3rd TFS at the TAC Meet at the
Misawa AB painted as “Samurai Spirits”. On October 5, 2014 13-8557 transferred to the 8th
Wing/8th TFS based at Tsuiki AB since mid 2016. The 8th Wing’s 6th and 8th TFS’s make up the
JASDF Western Air Defense Force. Prior to acquiring the F-2 the 8th TFS flew the
F-4E Phantom II.
- Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
- Japan F-2A
- 13-8557, 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron, JASDF
- Die-cast metal.
- Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.
- Pre-painted with pad applied markings.
- Fully assembled.
- Weapons that are not permanently attached.
- Includes AAM-5 missiles
- Comes with crew figures
- Display stand included.
- Option to display model with wheels up or down.
- Minimum use of plastic.
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