An intruder in the Luke training camp! This F-16A is marked as the 'Boss Bird' of the 21 FS 'Gamblers', 56th FW, however, despite the U.S. markings the aircraft belongs to the Taiwanese Air Force, which uses it for flight training here at Luke AFB. Please note also the housing for the brake chute above the engine, U.S. versions don't have a brake chute.
Loaned to USAF as C-118A 51-17647. Returned to USN. Converted to R6D-1Z and redesignated VC-118B in 1962. Sold on civil market and registered Jan 1990 to American Air Freight Co, Inc as N21780. Registered N1597F at a later time. Destroyed when missed runway on landing at Patriot Hill, Antarctica Nov 26, 1993.
The Block 60 Desert Falcon configuration includes the APG-80 agile beam radar, an internalised forward-looking infra-red targeting system, a new cockpit, internal electronic countermeasures, enhanced-performance F110-GE-132 engine and optional conformal fuel tanks.