E-flite/Horizon Hobby F-16 FALCON 64 MM
Model Airplane News|May 2020
Great flying electric model of a world-renowned jet!
RICH URAVITCH

AT A GLANCE

MODEL F-16

Falcon 64 mm

MANUFACTURER

E-flite (e-fliterc.com)

DISTRIBUTOR

Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby. com)

TYPE

Sport-scale electric ducted fan jet

WINGSPAN

28.7 in.

PILOT SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

ASSEMBLY TIME

45 min.

RADIO REQ’D

5-channel DSMX/DSM2 compatible

POWER REQ’D

3 or 4S 2200mAh LiPo

PRICE

$179.99 (BNF Basic); $159.99 (PNP)

Whether you call it Fighting Falcon, Viper, or “the Electric Jet” (as it was originally known), the F-16 should need no introduction. When it comes to sexy-looking modern jets, the F-16 has to be near the top of the list. Not at all angular, faceted and stealthy like the F-22 or F-35, it has a slippery shape from nose to tail with a tall, 360-viz canopy that maintains those sleek lines. These all contribute to the illusion of rapid forward motion, even while it is static on the ramp. It is also the ride of choice for the current U.S. Air Force Demonstration team, the Thunderbirds. Their slick red, white, and blue unique scheme has been seen by thousands, if not millions, of spectators around the world.

Many of the qualities of the full scale make it nearly ideal for a jet model subject, a fact that many manufacturers have recognized: the Falcon is available in nearly every size, from micro EDF right up through “monster” turbine-powered replicas. This model is ideally suited to the role of a first performance electric ducted fan (EDF) for the newcomer. It is “right” sized using a 64 mm EDF unit and easily fits into the average car, fully assembled. It also delivers great performance enhanced by the inclusion of E-flite’s SAFE Select recovery and A3SX stabilization systems. (That’s in the BNF Basic version I reviewed. A plug and play version is also available). These all add up to give the newbie a better chance of becoming familiar and comfortable with EDF models.

UNIQUE FEATURES

This E-flite model is an accurate rendition of the full-scale jet. It features molded, pre decorated EPO foam airframe components that require minimal assembly. Made from this vastly superior material, the quality of this new generation of models just keeps getting better and better— light years ahead of first-generation foams. The protective packaging is also outstanding, with more-than-adequate protection provided for the major components.

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