F-16A FA-60 from 31 Sqn Belgian Air Force

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin for the United States Air Force.

Designed as a lightweight fighter, it evolved into a successful multirole aircraft.


The Falcon's versatility is a paramount reason it was a success on the export market, serving 24 countries.



The F-16 is the largest Western fighter program with over 4,000 aircraft built since production started in 1976. Though no longer produced for the US Air Force, it is still produced for export.


The Fighting Falcon is a dogfighter with innovations including a frameless, bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while under high g-forces, and reclined seat to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot. It was also the first fighter aircraft to be deliberately built to sustain 9g turns. It is also one of the few jets with a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than one, giving the Falcon excellent acceleration.

F-16 Specifications
Type Multirole fighter
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp
Accommodation F-16C: one; F-16D: one or two
Armament One M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds, external hard points to six air-to-air missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods, including AMRAAM, Sidewinder, GBU24 HARM, LANTIRN
Performance 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at altitude)
Wing Span 32ft, 8in (9.8m)
Length 49ft, 5in (14.8m)
Height 16ft (4.8m)
Weight Max Take off weight 37,500lb (16,875kg)
Powerplant one Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229 or one General Electric F110-GE-100/129
Variants F-16A/B, F-16 C/D, all single engine, multi-mission tactical aircraft with varying sensor and weapon fits. More than 20 types of F16 have been produced