General Dynamics F-16A "Fighting Falcon"
|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 YF-16 was selected the winner, over
Northrop YF-17, after the LWF fly-off
competition was completed. The basic YF-17 design was used as the basis for
the US Navy F-18.
The F-16 achieved combat-ready status in October 1980. Many foreign nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Egypt and Israel, have purchased the F-16.
670 to USAF
122 to USAF
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206 to USAF
US Navy F-16C
US Navy F-16D
Cranked Arrow wing
|SPECIFICATIONS - F-16A-15
Span: 32 ft. 10 in. with missiles mounted, 30 ft. without missiles or rails.
Length: 47 ft. 8 in., 49 ft. 6 in. with pilot boom.
Height: 16 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 33,000 lbs. max. takeoff
Armament: One 20mm M-61A1 Vulcan cannon and various combinations of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and bombs.
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 turbofan of 23,830 lbs. static sea level thrust each with afterburner.
PERFORMANCE - F-16A-15