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The History of Aviation

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1974 F-16 Introduced

The F-16 made it first flight on February 2nd, 1974. The plane was designed to be a less expensive compliment to the F-15. The F-16 was the winner in a design competition between General Dynamics and Northrup, which General Dynamic won. The plane became operational in 1979 and has become the mainstay of the US airforce. Large numbers have been exported and coproduced.

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