The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole jet fighter aircraft. It was originally developed for the United States Air Force (USAF).
As a result of the development of microelectronics, newer and newer devices were integrated into the aircraft; today it can fire almost any kind of weapon. The F-16, with its excellent air-fight capabilities, is indisputably the most successful aircraft of its category (it has been procured to serve in the air forces of 24 countries).
The official name of the aircraft is the outcome of a 1976tender (the “godfather” was sergeant J. A. Kurdell).
Role: Multirole jet fighter aircraft Manufacturer: General Dynamics; later Lockheed Martin Designer: Harry J. Hillaker Crew: F-16A/C/E: 1; F-16B/D/F: 2 Maiden flight: February 2, 1974 Introduction: August 17, 1978 Price: 18.8 million USD (1998) Air victories / defeats: 71:(1)
Length: 14.8 m (15.75 ft) Wingspan: 9.8 m (32.15 ft) Height: 4.8 m (15.75 ft) Wing area: 27.87 m² (300 ft²) Wing profile: NACA 64A204 Aspect ratio: 3.2
Empty weight: 8,272 kg (18,240 lb) Maximum takeoff weight: 16,875 kg (37,210 lb)
Engine: Pratt & Whitney F100–PW–220 or General Electric F110–GE–100 afterburning turbofan jet engine with high bypass ratio Thrust: F100: 64.9 kN / 105.7 kN (14,590.1 lbf / 23,762.3 lbf) ; F110: 76.3 kN / 128.9 kN (17,152.9 lbf / 28,977.9 lbf)
Maximum speed: Mach 2.05 Combat radius: 550 km (341.8 mi) (with six 450 kg or 992 lb bombs, on a high-low-high mission) Ferry range: 3,200 km (1,988 mi) Service ceiling: 15,240 m (50,000 ft) Rate of climb: 255 m/s (836.6 ft/s) Wing loading: 430.7 kg/m² (0.613 psi) Thrust-weight ratio: F100: 0.898; F110: 1.095 Fuel mass ratio: 0.26 Maximum overload: +9g
Inbuilt armament: one 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon Number of weapon stations: 9+2
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a jet fighter originally developed for the United States Air Force. Since its first flight in 1978, it has been deployed in several armed conflicts. Produced by Lockheed Martin, it is still rolling off the assembly line.
With its afterburning turbofan jet engine, the aircraft can accelerate to more than twice the speed of sound at high altitudes. The plane measures 15 m (49.21 ft) in length and has a wingspan of 10 m (32.81 ft). Its combat range is 3,200 km (1,988 mi), with a service ceiling of 15,240 m (50,000 ft). Its maximum takeoff weight is more than double its 8-ton empty weight, so the Fighting Falcon can carry an impressive range of weapons.
Besides the Vulcan machine gun there are 9+2 weapon stations for rockets and bombs. Through the development of microelectronics, ever newer devices have been integrated into the plane; today it can fire almost any kind of weapon.
With its excellent air-fight capabilities, the F-16 is indisputably the most successful aircraft in its category.