YouTube - F-16
US$ Cost (1998):
$22,514 per hour
1- 29,000 lbs.
49 ft. 5 in.
32 ft. 8 in
1- 20 mm.
6 - air to air
4 - 2,000 lbs. ea.
The F-16, called the Fighting Falcon or Viper, is produced by Lockheed Martin. It is the most numerous fighter aircraft in the West with over 4,500 built to date.
In the air combat role, the F-16 has BVR (Beyond Visual Range), day/ night, and all weather capabilities. It can fly over 400 miles and back to deliver ordnance during air-to-surface missions.
US Air Force F-16's were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. They flew more missions of all types than any other aircraft.
The F-16 is equipped with the APG-80 active electronically scanned array radar. Pilots remark on the clutter free display, long range (up to 50 miles), multiple targeting, ease of operation from various cockpit inputs, high resolution and its multi functional operations.
Latest versions of the F-16 keep the pilot informed with a wide angle Head Up Display and infra red imaging. The aircraft needs only the turning of two switches for engine start. It can be ready to take off in less than sixty seconds from engine start.
For ECM (electronic countermeasures), the F-16 carries the ALQ 131 pod. It can deal with multiple threats on numerous frequencies with high intensity jamming technologies. On board analysis constantly updates and matches the ECM response with the presented threats.
The F-16 pilot may just have the best view from the cockpit of any modern day fighter pilot. The center of gravity of the aircraft is biased slightly rearward for improved maneuverability, yet the aircraft is fully controllable at all angles of attack and speeds. This is made possible by a computerized fly-by-wire system.
Wing leading edge strakes permit high attack angles without the consequences of boundary air layer separation causing loss of lift. The ailerons can be lowered up to 20 degrees, operating as flaperons to increase lift and control during take offs and landings. Both leading and trailing edge flaps are computer controlled to increase maneuverability.
One would think that the air inlet location of the engine would suck in a great deal of runway debris, yet this does not appear to be the case.
On Dec. 27, 1997 an F-16 downed an Iraqi Air Force MiG-23 in the no fly zone, using missiles.
On Feb. 18, 1994, F-16's attacked and downed four Serbian Galeb aircraft over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Beginning on March 18, 2003, the aircraft participated in the American invasion of Iraq.
On June 7, 2006, F-16's carried out two air strikes in which Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq was killed.
On July 12, 2006, Israeli F-16 aircraft saw combat in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.
On Nov. 27, 2006, one F-16 on a ground support mission went down northwest of Baghdad. Militants claimed that they downed the aircraft using two SA-7 missiles while it was flying at very low altitude.
Since 1978 the US Air Force has taken delivery of over 2,250 F-16 aircraft. The final aircraft produced was delivered to them on March 18, 2005. They do not plan to order any additional aircraft, however new F-16 aircraft continue to be exported.
Feb. 21, 2018: It was announced that the Iraqi Air Force will be acquiring 13 more F-16 aircraft to bring their total up to 34.
Feb. 26, 2018: It was announced that South Korean F-16 aircraft will receive the joint venture Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins helmet mounted display with day and night situational awareness including enhanced distinction between friendlies and threats.
June 22, 2018: The Kingdom of Bahrain contracted with Lockheed Martin in the amount of US$1.12 billion to purchase sixteen F-16 Block 70 aircraft to be completed by September of 2023.
Oct. 5, 2018: Taiwan is upgrading its fleet of 144 F-16 models A and B to the Viper configuration at a cost of some US$3.64 billion. The aircraft will be getting new large, color, high resolution, multifunction displays, a high volume, high speed data buss, modular mission computers, Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) transponders, the Link-16 tactical data link, and an AN/APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Scalable, Agile Beam Radar (SABR). In addition the updated F-16 aircraft will receive conformal fuel tanks, the Sniper advanced targeting pod, a helmet-mounted cueing system, AIM 9X air-to-air missiles, precise GPS navigation, an automated ground collision avoidance system, Terma ALQ-213 electronic warfare suite, wing and fuselage strengthening and stronger landing gear.
The F-16 from Scale Jets is of all composite construction. Wingspan is 79 1/2 in. and length is 114 1/2 in. At least a 35 lb. thrust jet turbine engine is needed. Minimum dry weight is about 42 lbs.
You have your choice of two F-16's at Skymaster Jets. Their kit has a wingspan of 59 in. and a length of 89 in. Their ARF has a 51 in. wingspan and 74 in. length. It needs a jet turbine engine with from 12 to 17 lbs. of thrust.
The Freewing F-16 has a wingspan of 40 in. with a length of 60 in. Included is a 3748 - 1550 kV motor, ailerons, retracts, nav lights, drop tanks, missiles, and a LED afterburner.