F-16 Fighting Falcon
Overview: The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact,
highly-maneuverable multi-role fighter aircraft. The
F-16 was built under an agreement creating a
consortium between the United States and four
NATO countries: Belgium, Denmark, the
Netherlands and Norway. These countries jointly
produced with the United States an initial 348 F-16s
for their air forces. Final airframe assembly lines
were located in Belgium and the Netherlands. The
consortium's F-16s are assembled from components
manufactured in all five countries. Belgium also
provides final assembly of the F100 engine used in
the European F-16s. Recently, Portugal joined the

Corridor connections: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
General characteristics
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Air Force image
Primary function: Multi-role fighter
Crew: F-16C, 1; F-16D, 1 or 2
Contractor: Lockheed Martin
Power pant: F-16C/D: 1 Pratt and Whitney
F100-PW-200/220/229 or General Electric
Length: 49 feet, 5 inches
Height: 16 feet
Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches
Speed: 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at altitude)
Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet
Payload: 2 2,000-pound bombs, 2 AIM-9 and
1,040-gallon external tanks
Armament: 1 M-61A1 20mm multibarrel
cannon with 500 rounds; external stations can
carry up to 6 air-to-air missiles, conventional
air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and
electronic countermeasure pods
Range: More than 2,002 miles ferry range
Initial operating capability: F-16A, January
1979; F-16C/D Block 25-32, 1981;
F-16C/D Block 40-42, 1989; and F-16C/D
Block 50-52, 1994
Inventory: Total force, F-16C/D, 1,280

Source: U.S. Air Force