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.
Primary usew Lockheed Martin)
Multirole jet fighter
17 August 1978
In service, in production
United States Air Force
25 other users (see operators page)
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)
At sea level: Mach 1.2 (915 mph, 1,470 km/h)
At altitude: Mach 2+ (1,500 mph, 2,410 km/h) clean configuration