The F-16 Fighting Falcon was produced by General Dynamics who became Lockheed who then merged with Martin Marietta to become Lockheed Martin. The F-16 entered service in January 1979 as a multi-role jet fighter that evolved into an all-weather multi-role aircraft capable of sustaining 9-g turns. The F-16 is relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain so the U.S. and 25 other countries added it to their inventory. The Fighting Falcon is referred to by its pilots as the "Viper"; and will remain in USAF service until 2025.
During a "Red Flag Alaska" training exercise F-16C #86-0269 had a mid-air collision with F-15C #83-0017. The F-15 crashed but the F-16 managed to land safely at Eielson AFB, Alaska. F-16 #86-0269 belongs to the 64th Aggressor Squadron based at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada. This unit is dedicated to improving pilot combat performance. #86-0269 wore a Bort number "red 69" and was the first F-16 to receive the new blue "Mig blizzard" aggressor scheme that started to be used in late 2011 and early 2012.