The ALL-NEW E-flite F-16 80mm EDF - Most Detailed, Best-Handling Fighting Falcon Yet!

The E-flite® F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF jet is the Smartest, most detailed and best handling high-performance model of the fighter yet! Its all-new design combines Extra Scale details, functional features and more to deliver an unmatched flying experience.

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E-flite® F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF

See more info below and on the product pages: https://www.horizonhobby.com/search?...F&lang=default

Introduction

AIR AND SCALE SUPERIORITY

The F-16 Fighting Falcon was originally developed for the U.S. Air Force and approved for production more than 40 years ago. This multirole fighter’s advancements in technology and capabilities have kept it active to the present day with air forces worldwide. The E-flite® F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF (Electric Ducted Fan) is an Extra Scale model based on the single seat F-16C variant which entered production in 1984. The F-16C brought improved cockpit avionics and radar for all-weather capability with beyond-visual-range AIM-7 and AIM-120 air-to-air missiles. This replica is nearly as large as other 90mm EDF models, yet the efficient power system delivers better overall performance and longer flight times when using common 6S 4000–7000mAh batteries. The 3-tone gray finish is easy to customize using your choice of the included squadron markings while Extra Scale details and functional features — including the most scale-like landing gear installed on an F-16 EDF model yet — combine to deliver an unmatched flying experience!

Overview

HIGH PERFORMANCE FIGHTING FALCON

The E-flite® F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF jet is the Smartest, most detailed and best handling high-performance replica of the world-renowned fighter yet! Extra Scale details, including molded-in panel lines, simulated antennas, indicators, sensors, optional-use ordnance, and more take realism to the next level. Functional Extra Scale features include LED navigation and landing lights, full-flying stabs, sequenced gear doors plus the most scale-like retractable landing gear installed on an F-16 EDF model yet. Both versions include nine factory-installed digital, metal-geared servos, and with the ARF Plus version you can install the compatible receiver and an 80mm EDF power system of your choice — from another similar class model or using other compatible components. The BNF® Basic version comes factory-equipped with a Spektrum™ AR637TA receiver that includes exclusive AS3X® and optional-use SAFE® Select technologies, along with a V2 12-blade 80mm fan, high-power 2100Kv brushless inrunner motor and a 100-amp Avian™ Smart ESC to deliver fantastic performance with popular 6S 4000–7000mAh LiPo batteries. This efficient power system provides better performance and longer flight times than the 6S-compatible power systems used in similar sized models powered by 90mm EDFs. The ESC and receiver supply real-time battery voltage, motor RPM and other telemetry data via compatible transmitters. Constructed of durable, fully-molded EPO, this F-16 assembles without glue and can be ready to fly in less time than other similar class models!

ARF Plus Completion Level (ARF Plus version only) This Almost-Ready-To-Fly (ARF) Plus version comes out of the box with factory-installed servos that are ready to connect to the compatible receiver of your choice (sold separately), plus the transmitter and battery you provide (also sold separately). You can also install the power system of your choice, either from another similar class model, or using other compatible components (all sold separately).

Power It Your Way (ARF Plus version only) The ARF Plus version is ready for you to install the power system of your choice (sold separately). You can easily install a directly compatible 80mm V1 or V2 fan unit, motor and ESC from other E-flite or FMS models without the need for any modifications, or you can potentially install other suitable power systems too.

Bind-N-Fly® Completion Level Advantage (BNF® Basic version only) Already own a Spektrum™ transmitter? Bind-N-Fly (BNF) aircraft make getting into the air quickly and with the best control experience possible easier than ever. They come out of the box with the power system, servos and a Spektrum 2.4GHz receiver installed so all you need to do is bind the receiver to a compatible transmitter, finish any final assembly, and fly!

Exclusive Technologies (BNF® Basic version only) This high-performance F-16 Falcon model is equipped with exclusive Spektrum™ AS3X® and SAFE® Select technologies. AS3X works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence to deliver a locked-in feel that makes it seem like you're flying a much larger airplane. Optional-use SAFE Select offers pitch and bank angle limits along with automatic self-leveling that can be turned on and off at the flip of a switch to make this an easier to fly Falcon! And if you don't want to enable the SAFE Select features, simply bind the receiver normally and only AS3X will be active.

High-Performance EDF (BNF® Basic version only) The V2 12-blade 80mm fan, high-power 2100Kv brushless inrunner motor and 100-amp ESC combine with your 6S 4000–7000mAh 30+C LiPo battery to deliver great vertical performance and a fantastic speed range with virtually instantaneous throttle response. This efficient power system also delivers better performance and longer flight times than the 6S-compatible power systems used in 90mm class models. But what makes the experience truly rewarding is the fantastic sound it produces – it's almost like a real turbine.

Extra Scale Details The F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF features an accurate outline and an abundance of Extra Scale details including molded-in panel lines and hatches, simulated antennas, indicators, sensors and much more. And, unlike other similar class models that require you to spend more to buy them separately, it includes a full complement of optional-use and easy to install/remove ordnance including six missiles plus three drop tanks:

  • (2) AIM-9X Sidewinder Missiles
  • (2) AIM-120 AMRAAM Missiles
  • (2) AGM-88 HARM Missiles
  • (3) Drop Tanks (2 wing and 1 centerline)

Functional Extra Scale Features Factory-installed LED navigation and landing lights, full-flying stabs, control surfaces with pocket hinges – even sequenced main gear and nose gear doors – are functional Extra Scale features that take your experience to another level. An optional simulated afterburner LED ring is also available separately to further enhance your experience.

Extra Scale Gear The reliable, factory-installed electric retracts are equipped with durable metal components including Extra Scale painted, articulated and shock-absorbing struts. It's the most scale-like landing gear installed on an F-16 EDF model yet! The sequenced and servo-operated gear doors feature molded details on the inside, and the nose gear door is also equipped with an LED landing light that turns on and off automatically when the gear is extended or retracted.

Detailed Durability Construction with fully molded EPO material makes it possible to replicate complex details and shapes in a lightweight yet durable form. The result is an outstanding scale appearance that's easy to maintain and delivers the best possible flight experience. Plus, the plastic capped strakes, hatch edges and opening improve durability to prevent damage and paint chipping during handling and when installing/removing batteries.

Precise Control A total of nine factory-installed digital, metal-geared servos, along with ball-link equipped linkages on all primary flight controls, deliver crisp, precise and reliable control at every speed.

Easy Assembly No glue is required for assembly and you can have the F-16 ready to fly in less time than it takes to charge a battery! The stabs plus the two-piece wing bolt into place and can easily be removed for convenient storage and transport.

Customizable Trim Scheme Decal sheets with four different choices of squadron markings are included so you can customize the factory-painted 3-tone gray finish. The choices include:

  • South Carolina Air National Guard (based at Shaw Air Force Base) 79th Fighter Squadron - Leader, 20th Fighter Wing, Tiger Meet Version
  • South Carolina Air National Guard (based at Shaw Air Force Base) 77th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing, Wild Weasel 50th Anniversary Version
  • South Carolina Air National Guard (based at Shaw Air Force Base) 157th Fighter Squadron, 169th Fighter Wing (Swamp Foxes), Wild Weasels 50th Anniversary Version
  • Ohio Air National Guard (based at Ohio National Guard Base) 112th Fighter Squadron, 180th Fighter Wing, Stingers Version

Or you can apply paint and custom-made graphics to personalize the finish and trim scheme!

Bind-N-Fly® Completion Level Advantage Already own a Spektrum™ transmitter? Bind-N-Fly (BNF) aircraft make getting into the air quickly and with the best control experience possible easier than ever. They come out of the box with the power system, servos and a Spektrum 2.4GHz receiver installed so all you need to do is bind the receiver to a compatible transmitter, finish any final assembly and fly!

This Bind-N-Fly Basic model is equipped with a Spektrum 2.4GHz DSMX® receiver featuring AS3X® (Artificial Stabilization–3-aXis) technology that works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence so you enjoy a sense of stability and precision that makes it feel like you're flying a much larger, expertly tuned aircraft.

If this is your first model of its type, or you want an extra margin of safety while familiarizing yourself with the airplane, you can enable the optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection technology built into the receiver. No programming is required. Simply change up the binding sequence as directed in the manual.

With SAFE Select enabled, you get:

Pitch and Bank Angle Limits

  • These envelope limits keep the airplane from rolling or pitching upside down. They also prevent excessive climb or dive angles.

Automatic Self-Leveling

  • The airplane instantly returns to and holds level flight when the sticks are released and in the center position. It’s also helpful for keeping the wings level during takeoffs and landings.

Easy Switch Assignment—No Complex Programming Required

  • The simple procedure for assigning a transmitter switch to turn SAFE Select features on and off doesn't require any complex programming and takes just a few seconds.

If you don’t want to enable the SAFE Select features, just bind the receiver normally and it will function like a standard AS3X receiver.

Key Features

  • Scale replica of the world-renowned fighter flown by the U.S. and numerous allied air forces
  • The Smartest, most detailed and best handling high-performance F-16 EDF (Electric Ducted Fan) jet model yet
  • Factory-applied 3-tone gray trim scheme with decal sheets to apply four different choices of squadron markings
  • Extra Scale details including molded-in panel lines, simulated antennas, indicators, sensors and much more
  • Functional Extra Scale features including LED navigation and landing lights, full-flying stabs and more
  • Includes optional-use and easy to install/remove ordnance including six missiles and three drop tanks
  • ARF Plus completion level version is ready for installation of your 80mm EDF unit, motor and ESC (ARF Plus version only)
  • V2 12-blade 80mm fan delivers excellent top speed and vertical performance plus turbine-like sound (BNF® Basic version only)
  • Factory-installed, high-power 6S-compatible 2100Kv brushless inrunner motor and 100-amp ESC (BNF Basic version only)
  • 100-amp Spektrum™ Avian™ Smart ESC provides real-time battery voltage, motor RPM and other data via compatible receivers and transmitters (BNF Basic version only)
  • Fits a wide range of 6S batteries from 4000-7000mAh to deliver class-leading flight times and performance
  • Spektrum™ AR637TA receiver with full-range telemetry and industry-leading DSMX® technology (BNF® Basic version only)
  • Easier to fly with innovative and optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection (BNF Basic version only)
  • The unmatched stability and locked-in feel of exclusive AS3X® technology (BNF Basic version only)
  • Nine factory-installed digital, metal-geared servos with ball-link equipped linkages
  • Electric retracts with scale-like painted, articulated and shock-absorbing struts
  • Sequenced, servo-operated nose and main gear doors with molded in details
  • Plastic capped strakes, hatch edges and opening for added durability to prevent damage and paint chipping
  • No glue required for assembly and can be ready to fly in less time than it takes to charge a battery
  • Two-piece wing that bolts into place and a magnetically secured nose cone
  • Convenient top hatch with clear canopy, cockpit detail and a pilot figure
  • Optional simulated afterburner LED ring available separately
  • Extremely durable, fully molded EPO airframe

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 39.4 in (1000 mm)
  • Overall Length: 57.1 in (1450 mm)
  • Flying Weight: 5.9 lbs (2665 g) without battery; 7.4 lbs (3375 g) with 6S 5000mAh 30C battery
  • Motor: 2100Kv Brushless Inrunner (installed in BNF Basic version only)
  • Speed Control: Spektrum™ Avian™ 100A Brushless Smart ESC (installed in BNF Basic version only)
  • Servos: (9) Digital Metal-Geared (installed)
  • Radio: Full-Range 6+ Channel Spektrum™ DSMX®/DSM2® Compatible (sold separately)
  • Receiver: Spektrum™ AR637TA with AS3X® and SAFE® Select Technologies (installed in BNF Basic version only)
  • Battery: 6S 22.2V 4000–7000mAh 30+C LiPo with EC5™ or IC5® Connector (sold separately)

Needed to Complete

BNF® Basic version:

  • Full-range 6+ channel Spektrum™ DSMX®/DSM2® compatible transmitter
  • 6S 22.2V 4000–7000mAh 30+C LiPo with EC5™ or IC5® Connector
  • Compatible LiPo charger

ARF Plus version:

  • Full-range 6+ channel transmitter and receiver
  • Compatible 80mm fan unit, motor and ESC
  • 6S 22.2V 4000-7000mAh LiPo battery
  • Compatible LiPo charger

Last edited by Jim T.; May 05, 2021 at 09:08 AM..
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Apr 29, 2021, 12:18 AM
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Some additional notes:

• You can pre-order starting later today and the first shipments are currently expected to begin going out in the US and in EU around early to mid June!
BNF Basic version (EFL87850) = $499.99 in the US; ARF Plus version (EFL87870) = $369.99 in the US

• Top level flight speed is around 120 MPH (using a 6S 5000mAh 30C Spektrum Smart LiPo battery and without the ordnance/drop tanks installed...those do add quite a bit of drag and reduce the top speed by ~10-15 MPH).

• Average flight times are around 4-6 minutes (using a 6S 5000mAh 30C Spektrum Smart LiPo battery...flight times will of course vary depending on conditions, the performance of your actual battery, flying style/throttle usage, whether or not you have any of the ordnance/tanks installed, etc.).

• The optional simulated afterburner LED ring is sold separately (EFL87897; $24.99 in the US/North America) and can be Y-harnessed (Y-harness sold separately) to the throttle channel so it comes on/gets brighter as you raise the throttle. It can be installed any time after the model is assembled, and these should be available around the same time or soon after the airplanes begin shipping (currently expected around early to mid June). Not currently showing on the site, but should be live by tomorrow.

• The landing gear is very scale-like, pretty much all metal, and is painted white right from the factory! It works great on paved and smooth surfaces of course, and might work on some grass surfaces. Grass surfaces vary greatly though (length of the grass, thickness of the grass, how rough the ground is under the grass, etc.), so YMMV when it comes to that.

YES, THAT IS THE SOUND OF THE ACTUAL MODEL IN THE VIDEO

E-flite® F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF with Smart BNF® Basic and ARF Plus (3 min 12 sec)


Video from The RC Geek: https://www.youtube.com/c/Thercgeek/videos

From the Field -- E-flite F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF First Flights | The RC Geek (11 min 50 sec)


Videos from Brian Phillips: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrianPhillipsRC/videos

Horizon Hobby - F-16 Falcon - 80mm - Unbox, Build, & Radio Setup (1 hr 32 min 42 sec)


Horizon Hobby - F-16 Falcon - 80mm - 4X Maiden Flights & 2X Repairs!!! (1 hr 46 min 11 sec)


Video from Pilot Ryan Media: https://www.youtube.com/c/PilotRyanMedia/videos

F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF Smart BNF Basic with SAFE Select Pilot Ryan Shakedown (8 min 15 sec)


Video from TheRcSaylors: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheRcSaylors/videos

RC SMART JET!! Incredible SOUND! E-flite F-16 Falcon 80mm EDF Smart Jet - TheRcSaylors (14 min 30 sec)
Last edited by Jason M; May 04, 2021 at 06:58 PM.
Apr 29, 2021, 01:11 AM
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DominicM's Avatar
What's with all the messy wires?! And looks like most of the gear is plastic.
Apr 29, 2021, 01:14 AM
Thread OP
The landing gear is pretty much all metal, and the wire leads can be tidied up/hidden better by those who feel it necessary to do so.



Last edited by Jason M; Apr 29, 2021 at 01:42 AM.
Apr 29, 2021, 02:02 AM
Happily retired
GrumpyGnome's Avatar
What will these cost?
Apr 29, 2021, 02:02 AM
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Rudi's Avatar
Wauh ... amazing EDF Jet .

best

Rudi
Apr 29, 2021, 03:54 AM
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Holy cow!

Grass ops capable?
Apr 29, 2021, 04:02 AM
jofro
Nice model, another "F-16", can't they think of anything else??? It has been done to death!!!
Apr 29, 2021, 04:24 AM
Gravity's a harsh Mistress....
southernmd_man's Avatar
Another F-16...the P-51 of the EDF world.....
Apr 29, 2021, 05:00 AM
Thread OP
Completely expected responses...and they won't change the fact this will likely be a very popular/best-selling model for many years to come!

Which is also why I had already posted the following in other threads leading up to and today:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason M
It's an ALL-NEW design of a very popular subject matter that should be a best-seller in the E-flite line for many years to come
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason M
No, no...it definitely won't be yet another P-51!

It will be a different yet another for some people though

But that's also why it will likely be a best-seller for many years to come (like the P-51s we currently offer are/have been)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason M
And yes, it's yet another F-16...BUT this one is truly something special It's packed with incredible Extra Scale details and functional features, plus lots of nice touches (e.g. plastic around the edges of the hatch, battery compartment, etc.). It's right in the "sweet spot" 80mm class so it performs very well with common/popular 6S 4000-7000mAh batteries. It also goes together without any glue and in almost no time...plus it sounds pretty awesome
Apr 29, 2021, 05:03 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by erjpilot
Holy cow!

Grass ops capable?
That will depend on different factors, as noted in post #2:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason M

Some additional notes:

• You can pre-order starting later today and the first shipments are currently expected to begin going out in the US and in EU around early June!
BNF Basic version (EFL87850) = $499.99 in the US; ARF Plus version (EFL87870) = $369.99 in the US

• Top level flight speed is around 120 MPH (using a 6S 5000mAh 30C Spektrum Smart LiPo battery and without the ordnance/drop tanks installed...those do add quite a bit of drag and reduce the top speed by ~10-15 MPH).

• Average flight times are around 4-6 minutes (using a 6S 5000mAh 30C Spektrum Smart LiPo battery...flight times will of course vary depending on conditions, the performance of your actual battery, flying style/throttle usage, whether or not you have any of the ordnance/tanks installed, etc.).

• The optional simulated afterburner LED ring is sold separately (EFL87897; $24.99 in the US/North America) and can be Y-harnessed (Y-harness sold separately) to the throttle channel so it comes on/gets brighter as you raise the throttle. It can be installed any time after the model is assembled, and these should be available around the same time or soon after the airplanes begin shipping (currently expected around early to mid June). Not currently showing on the site, but should be live by tomorrow.

• The landing gear is very scale-like, pretty much all metal, and is painted white right from the factory! It works great on paved and smooth surfaces of course, and might work on some grass surfaces. Grass surfaces vary greatly though (length of the grass, thickness of the grass, how rough the ground is under the grass, etc.), so YMMV when it comes to that.
Last edited by Jason M; Apr 29, 2021 at 08:49 AM.
Apr 29, 2021, 05:16 AM
we can take off without that
green_flyer's Avatar
This is a very nice model, and I'll probably get it, but couldn't you guys have told FMS to get rid of all the holes.
For example, why the canalisation-style cheater grate under the nose? And on the belly? No other edf needs to cool the battery this much? And I'm sure a less unsightly solution was possible.

What's with FMS they really like this old fashioned iron grate design

Now I have to do a lot of extra work to close most of these off and paint.
Last edited by green_flyer; Apr 29, 2021 at 07:36 AM.
Apr 29, 2021, 05:21 AM
Registered User
Damn, very very nice!
Apr 29, 2021, 05:41 AM
we can take off without that
green_flyer's Avatar
Its a bit heavy for a 80mm edf, 3375g. Almost the same size and weight as the Freewing 90mm but with only a 80mm fan on 6s.

I have one of those new FMS 2100kV fans, bench tested 3100g thrust 2180W, so installed we are looking at only around 2500g~2700g installed thrust.

What is the weight without ordinance please?
Apr 29, 2021, 05:47 AM
Never fly straight and level!
Flyboy54's Avatar
Looks like a very nice edf Jason - well up to the latest level of production that Eflite have been working towards. Congratulations on another forward step for the hobbyist.

Unfortunately I was hoping (desperately) for a new all singing and dancing hurricane, with all the latest tech on board.
Ah well, maybe next time huh?
Cheers
Geoff


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