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The History of Aviation

US Post War Aircraft


The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack.

It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. In an air combat role, the F-16's maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return) exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter.

In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles (860 kilometers), deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point.

An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions. In designing the F-16, advanced aerospace science and proven reliable systems from other aircraft such as the F-15 and F-111 were selected. These were combined to simplify the airplane and reduce its size, purchase price, maintenance costs and weight.

General Characteristics:

* Primary function: fighter
* Builder: General Dynamics
* Height: 16 feet
* Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches
* Speed: 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at altitude)
* Engines: F-16C/D: one Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229 or General Electric F110-GE-100/129
* Thrust: F-16C/D, 27,000 pounds
* Length: 49 feet, 5 inches
* Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet
* Maximum Takeoff Weight: 37,500 pounds
* Range: More than 2,000 miles ferry range
* Armament: One M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds; external stations can carry up to six air-to-air missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods
* Crew: F-16C, one; F-16D, one or two

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