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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 the 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.

TYPE
F-16A
F-16B
F-16C
F-16D
F-16N
TF-16N
F-16XL
Number built/Converted
1432
312
1823
404
22
4
2 (cv)
Remarks
670 to USAF
122 to USAF
1,222 to USAF
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.
Crew: One

PERFORMANCE - F-16A-15
Maximum speed: 1,345 mph.
Cruising speed: 577
Range: 1,407 miles
Service Ceiling: 55,000 ft.