The F-16 evolved from a 1972 USAF Lightweight Fighter (LWF) prototype program which sought a small, lightweight, low cost, air superiority day fighter designed for high performance and ease of maintenance. The F-16 Fighting Falcon achieved combat-ready status in October 1980.

F-16 Fighting Falcon Performance

Maximum Speed 1,345 mph.
Cruising Speed 577 mph.
Range 1,407 miles
Service Ceiling 55,000 ft.

F-16 Fighting Falcon Specifications

Country of Origin USA.
Similar Aircraft F/A-18 Hornet, MiG-29 Fulcrum, Mirage F1.
Crew One; F-16B–two.
Role Multirole ground-attack/fighter.
Armament One 20mm M-61A1 cannon and various combinations of air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles and bombs.
Engine One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 with 23,830 lbs. of thrust with afterburner.
Span 32 ft. 10 in.
Length 49 ft. 6 in.
Height 16 ft. 6 in.
Weight 29,896 lbs. loaded

F-16 Fighting Falcon WEFT Description

Wings Mid-mounted, delta-shaped. Missiles are normally mounted at the wing tips.
Engine(s) One in body. Oval air intake under the center of the fuselage. Single exhaust.
Fuselage Long, slender body, widens at air intake. Pointed nose. Bubble canopy.
Tail Swept-back, tapered fin with square tip. Flats mid-mounted on the fuselage, delta-shaped with square tips, and a slight negative slant. Two belly fins.

Countries which Fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon

Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, Portugal, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Venezuela.

Additional Reading on the F-16 Fighting Falcon

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History of the F-16 Fighting Falcon

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USAF Fact Sheet on the F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-16.net

The Ultimate F-16 Reference

F-16 Fighting Falcon Manufacturers Web Sites

The F-16 Fighting Falcon was originally manufactured by General Dynamics.

General Dynamics sold its fixed-wing military aircraft division to Lockheed-Martin in 1993.

General Dynamics

Lockheed Martin

Books on the F-16 Fighting Falcon

Lockheed F-16 A/B/C/D Fighting Falcon
Lockheed F-16 A/B/C/D Fighting Falcon

With more than 500 full color pictures, this book is seen by many as the “modeler’s bible” of all the F-16 Fighting Falcon books. It uncovers the F-16 A/B/C/D in all its detail from in and outside; fuselage details, cockpit variants, maintenance and armament. Scale drawings and cockpit diagrams conclude this publication.

F-16 Fighting Falcon Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom
F-16 Fighting Falcon Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Eye of the Viper : The Making of an F-16 Pilot
Eye of the Viper : The Making of an F-16 Pilot

Every year, 1,000 fresh potential pilots undergo the intensive, six-month, 58-flight, $2 million-a-head fighter pilot basic training, where they are pushed to the extreme limits, propelled by the desire to earn their place in a warrior subculture. From the investigative science and medical writer, Peter A. Aleshire, comes Eye of the Viper, an intriguing book about the making of an F-16 fighter pilot.

Lock on No 2 General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
Lock on No 2 General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

Top Guns!: F-14/F-15/F-16/F-18 in Color
Top Guns!: F-14/F-15/F-16/F-18 in Color

F-16 Fighting Falcon: Combat Legends
F-16 Fighting Falcon: Combat Legends

Commonly referred to as the “Viper” by its aircrews, the F-16 has provided the U.S. Air Force with its air defense capability for the last 25 years. The plane has justifiably earned the reputation of being the world’s favorite multi-role fighter. It is a revolutionary aircraft that has continuously evolved to meet varying global needs and flew more sorties than any other aircraft during Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War.

F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon

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