28 Facts About F-16


General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force .

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The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment.

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The F-16 has been procured to serve in the air forces of 25 other nations.

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YF-16 was developed by a team of General Dynamics engineers led by Robert H Widmer.

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The chief reasons given by the secretary were the YF-16's lower operating costs, greater range, and maneuver performance that was "significantly better" than that of the YF-17, especially at supersonic speeds.

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The F-16 was given its name of "Fighting Falcon" on 21 July 1980, entering USAF operational service with the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, at Hill AFB in Utah, on 1 October 1980.

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Korean Aerospace Industries opened a production line for the KF-16 program, producing 140 Block 52s from the mid-1990s to mid-2000s .

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Model tests of the YF-16 conducted by the Langley Research Center revealed a potential problem, but no other laboratory was able to duplicate it.

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BAE Systems offers various F-16 upgrades, receiving orders from South Korea, Oman, Turkey, and the US Air National Guard; BAE lost the South Korean contract because of a price breach in November 2014.

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F-16 resumed production in 2019, though engineering and modernization work will remain in Fort Worth.

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

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Highly agile, the F-16 was the first fighter aircraft purpose-built to pull 9-g maneuvers and can reach a maximum speed of over Mach 2.

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F-16 was designed to be relatively inexpensive to build and simpler to maintain than earlier-generation fighters.

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F-16 has a cropped-delta wing incorporating wing-fuselage blending and forebody vortex-control strakes; a fixed-geometry, underslung air intake to the single turbofan jet engine; a conventional tri-plane empennage arrangement with all-moving horizontal "stabilator" tailplanes; a pair of ventral fins beneath the fuselage aft of the wing's trailing edge; and a tricycle landing gear configuration with the aft-retracting, steerable nose gear deploying a short distance behind the inlet lip.

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The F-16 has a moderate wing loading, reduced by fuselage lift.

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F-16 is the first production fighter aircraft intentionally designed to be slightly aerodynamically unstable, known as relaxed static stability, to improve maneuverability.

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The F-16 is entirely reliant on its electrical systems to relay flight commands, instead of traditional mechanically linked controls, leading to the early moniker of "the electric jet".

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The F-16's controls suffered from a sensitivity to static electricity or electrostatic discharge .

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Furthermore, the F-16's canopy lacks the forward bow frame found on many fighters, which is an obstruction to a pilot's forward vision.

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F-16 has a head-up display, which projects visual flight and combat information in front of the pilot without obstructing the view; being able to keep their head "out of the cockpit" improves the pilot's situation awareness.

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F-16 is being used by the active duty USAF, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard units, the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U S Air Force Thunderbirds, and as an adversary-aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.

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F-16 had been scheduled to remain in service with the U S Air Force until 2025.

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On 8 February 1995, a Turkish F-16 crashed into the Aegean sea after being intercepted by Greek Mirage F1 fighters.

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On 16 September 2013, a Turkish Air Force F-16 shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Mil Mi-17 helicopter in Latakia Governorate near the Turkish border.

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On 23 March 2014, a Turkish Air Force F-16 shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 when it allegedly entered Turkish air space during a ground attack mission against Al Qaeda-linked insurgents.

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F-16 models are denoted by increasing block numbers to denote upgrades.

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The F-16 design inspired the design of other aircraft, which are considered derivatives.

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F-16 has been involved in over 670 hull-loss accidents as of January 2020.

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