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General Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon

Photo ID 97611 by Joop de Groot. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16B Fighting Falcon, J 210
The General Dynamic, now Lockheed Martin, F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force. Designed as a lightweight, day-time Visual Flight Rules (VFR) fighter, it evolved into a successful multirole aircraft.

The Falcon's versatility is a paramount reason it has proven a success on the export market, having been selected to serve in the air forces of 25 nations. Though no longer being bought by the U.S. Air Force, advanced versions are still being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation, which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1977
  • Initial Service Date: 1977
  • No. Built: 321
  • No. In Service: 182 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 2

Power:

1 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofan at 23,830 lbf

Weapons:

Cannon:
1 x 20-mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon with 510 rounds

Missiles:
AIM-9 Sidewinder
AIM-120 AMRAAM

Bombs:
A wide range of disposable ordnance (free-tall and guided)

Other:
Drop tanks
Electronic pods (ECM, reconnaissance and targeting)

Dimensions:

Length:49 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span:32 ft. 10 in.
Wing Area:300 sq.ft
Height:16 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight:14,567 lbs
Max. Weight:33,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:20,450 lbs
Max. Payload:33,000 lbs
Internal Fuel:5,785 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,320 mph
Cruise Speed:577 mph
Service Ceiling:50,000 ft.
Normal Range:295 nm
Max. Range:2,100 nm

Operators:

Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Venezuela

Random great photos of the General Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon:

Photo ID 112395 by Rainer Mueller. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16B Fighting Falcon, FB 15
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Photo ID 74869 by Johannes Berger. USA Air Force General Dynamics F 16B Fighting Falcon, 92 0455
Photo ID 136296 by Jan Eenling. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16B Fighting Falcon, J 649
Photo ID 54114 by Henk Schuitemaker. USA Air Force General Dynamics F 16B Fighting Falcon, 90 0952
Photo ID 148946 by Gertjan Stienstra - mil-aircraftspotting. Denmark Air Force General Dynamics F 16B Fighting Falcon, ET 614
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