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General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon

Photo ID 29863 by Alex van Noye. Portugal Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 15102
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 160358 by Carl Brent. Pakistan Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 84709
Photo ID 165134 by Marco Casaleiro. Portugal Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 15115
Photo ID 149170 by Joop de Groot. Belgium Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, FA 82
Photo ID 160340 by Carl Brent. Pakistan Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, 83703
Photo ID 116440 by Sven Zimmermann. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 647
Photo ID 72236 by Henk Schuitemaker. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 212
Photo ID 152324 by Jan Eenling. Netherlands Air Force General Dynamics F 16A Fighting Falcon, J 637
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