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General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon

Photo ID 202427 by Peter Boschert. USA Navy General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 900943
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 30541 by Rainer Mueller. USA Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 79 0404
Photo ID 42560 by Joop de Groot. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 616
Photo ID 112606 by Peter Boschert. USA Navy General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 900942
Photo ID 202334 by Chris Lofting. Pakistan Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 84705
Photo ID 38094 by Bart Hoekstra. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 246
Photo ID 80235 by Niels Roman / VORTEX-images. Pakistan Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 85728
Photo ID 2261 by Victor M Gonzalez. USA Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 81 0612
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