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.|
|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.|
|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
History of the F-16 Fighting Falcon
The history of the F-16 Fighting Falcon
Best Multirole fighter aircraft in the World
USAF Fact Sheet on the F-16 Fighting Falcon
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.
Books on the F-16 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.
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.
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.