The F-16N’s in service at NAS Miramar received a Soviet Navy like three tone over all camouflage with similar markings to those observed at real life Miramar in the late 1980’s. The aircraft illustrated is “Bad Girl 25”, BuNo. 17025, assigned to the commanding officer of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Captain Vickster “Speed” Kühn. A total of four Vipers were commissioned in mid-2017 and just as in real life, they are the only F-16 in the Navy.
Real life notes:
In the mid-1980’s, the US Navy was eagerly seeking a replacement for its aggressor aircraft. The Navy found that the F-5 and A-4 in service at the time were not longer satisfactory for this role as these aircraft lacked the latest avionics developments and they would soon become obsolete, requiring extensive maintenance. The lack of an up to date highly maneuverable aircraft to perform in the aggressor role with DACT characteristics resulted in the decision to procure a special version of the F-16 to fill this gap.
The F-16N is based on the standard F-16C/D block 30 and is powered by the General Electric F110-GE-100 engine. However, the F-16N has a strengthened wing and is capable of carrying an Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) pod on the starboard wingtip. Production of the F-16N Viper totaled 26 air frames of which 22 were single-seat F-16N's and 4 were double-seat TF-16N's. The aircraft were in service with the NFWS between 1988 and 1998.
CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
NASMCO / TFCOM