F16 FIGHTING FALCON

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

 

(now Lockheed Martin) a multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF).

 

Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976.

 

Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are still being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation,[3] which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.

 

The Fighting Falcon is a fighter with numerous innovations including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system helps to make it a nimble aircraft

 

 

In addition to active duty U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard units, the aircraft is also used by the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy.

 

The F-16 has also been procured to serve Lockheed Martin)nUMBER bUINumber Buil.

 

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway were seeking to replace their F-104G fighter-bombers.

 

 

The F-16 is a single-engine, very maneuverable, supersonic, multi-role tactical fighter aircraft.

 

The F-16 was designed to be a cost-effective combat "workhorse" that can perform various kinds of missions and maintain around-the-clock readiness.

 

It is much smaller and lighter than its predecessors, but uses advanced aerodynamics and avionics, including the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire (RSS/FBW) flight control system, to achieve enhanced maneuver performance.

 

Highly nimble, the F-16 can pull 9-g maneuvers and can reach a maximum speed of over Mach 2.

 

Role

 

National origin

 

Manufacturer

 

 

First flight

 

Introduction

 

Status

 

Primary usew Lockheed Martin)

 

 

Number Build

 

Multirole jet fighter

 

United States

 

General Dynamics

Lockheed Martin

 

January 1974

 

17 August 1978

 

In service, in production

 

United States Air Force

25 other users (see operators page)

 

4,500+

General characteristics

 

Crew: 1

 

Length: 49 ft 5 in (15.06 m)

 

Wingspan: 32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)

 

Height: 16 ft (4.88 m)

 

Wing area: 300 ft² (27.87 m²)

 

Empty weight: 18,900 lb (8,570 kg)

 

Loaded weight: 26,500 lb (12,000 kg)

 

Max. takeoff weight: 42,300 lb (19,200 kg)

 

Powerplant: 1 × F110-GE-100 afterburning turbofan Dry thrust: 17,155 lbf (76.3 Template:Newton (unit))

 

Thrust with afterburner: 28,600 lbf (127 kN)

Maximum speed:

 

At sea level: Mach 1.2 (915 mph, 1,470 km/h)[51]

At altitude: Mach 2+ (1,500 mph, 2,410 km/h[1]) clean configuration