S u m m a r y
||Aircraft of the Israeli Air Force Number 4
- Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Barak by Ra’anan Weiss and Alon Koren
||Soft-cover book, 98
||Excellent photos and color profiles.
Detailed walkaround photo section.
Reviewed by Dave
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The latest volume in the Isradecal series of references on aircraft of the
Israeli Air Force (IAF) covers the F-16C/D, know as Barak (Lightning). A
companion to Isradecals’ new 1/48 decal sheet for Barak, IAF-21, the book covers
both Block 30 and Block 40 versions of the F-16C and –D models. For those
looking for a reference for the earlier F-16A/B “Netz” in IAF service,
Isradecals has an earlier publication covering these versions.
first chapter of the book provides a general history of the Barak from the
initial “Peace Marble II” order to the recent contract for the Block 52+
“F-16I”. Specific modifications and weaponry used by the IAF F-16 force are also
detailed in the first chapter. For those wondering, the book does not discuss
what is inside the large spine of the F-16D models as this is still quite
Subsequent chapters are devoted to individual squadrons, which fly the Barak.
Each chapter contains a unit history and is punctuated with narratives from IAF
pilots. . The discussions of operations are quite up to date, including missions
flown as late as October 2003. Each squadron chapter is profusely illustrated
with photos, almost all in full color, and includes side view color profiles of
specific aircraft operated by the squadron. Many of the photos show the aircraft
fully armed, providing the modeler a guide for some of the common loadouts used
The last pages of the book contain an extensive walkaround section. Detail shots
are provided of the cockpits, wheels, spines, antennas, and landing gear with
the emphasis on differences between Block 30 and Block 40 aircraft. Also include
are detail shots of external stores carried by the IAF F-16s. In addition to US
weapons such as AIM-9L, JDAM, and GBU-15, photos are provided of Israeli stores
such as the Python 4 AAM, IMI Delilah decoy, Rafael Spice guided bomb, and
Lightning targeting pod. Also covered are the IMI 600 gallon fuel tanks and the
VER-2 and VER-4 Vertical Ejector Racks.
This is the only reference on IAF F-16C/D aircraft you’ll ever need.
Review sample kindly provided by Isradecals.
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