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General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon

Photo ID 191343 by Peter Boschert. USA NASA General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, N816NA
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: 1974
  • Initial Service Date: 1978
  • No. Built: 3,912
  • No. In Service: 1,048 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 8
  • Crew: 1

Power:

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

Weapons:

1 x 20-mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon with 500 rounds

AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, a wide range of disposable ordnance (free-tall and guided), drop tanks and 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

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,320 mph
Service Ceiling:50,000+ ft.
Max. Range:2,415 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-16A Fighting Falcon:

Photo ID 138499 by Jan Eenling. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 881
Photo ID 124639 by Diamond MD Dai. Taiwan Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 6640
Photo ID 134922 by Jan Eenling. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 230
Photo ID 174070 by Peter Boschert. USA Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 93 0721
Photo ID 45608 by Lieuwe Hofstra. USA Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 82 0918
Photo ID 66674 by rob martaré. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 229
Photo ID 36926 by Joop de Groot. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 234
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