U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon

The highly maneuverable F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft that has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. While sleek in size, the F-16 is no light-weight in strength. Being fully loaded with fuel, the Fighting Falcon can withstand 9 G’s (9 times the force of gravity), which exceeds the capability of other current fighter aircraft. Since September 11, 2001, the F-16 has been a major component of the combat forces committed to the Global War on Terrorism flying thousands of sorties in support operations Noble Eagle (Homeland Defense), Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom.


  • The wheels and brakes of the F-16 are made right up the road in Troy, OH at UTC Aerospace Systems!
  • The F-16 is the aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds!
  • The F-16 is nicknamed the “Viper” because it looks similar to the head of the Viper snake!
  • The F-16 was the first fighter jet to have a frameless bubble canopy!
  • It was the first fighter jet built to pull 9 G’s (9 times the force of gravity)!

F-16 Fighting Falcon FAST FACTS:

Engine: One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200

Thrust: 27,000 pounds

Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches

Length: 49 feet, 5 inches

Height: 16 feet

Speed: Mach 2 at altitude

Combat Range: 1,740 nautical miles

Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 37,500 pounds

Fuel Capacity: 7,000 pounds internally

Crew: One

Unit Cost: $14.6 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars)

Inventory: F-16C/D, 1,017

Website: https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104505/f-16-fighting-falcon/