Fighting Falcon F-16A

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
General Dynamics
Markings
162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, 1992
Designation
F-16A
Serial Number
80-0527

Fighting Falcon F-16A

The F-16 originated in a 1972 Air Force request for a lightweight air combat fighter (LWF) which was intended as a lower cost companion to the F-15 Eagle. Prototypes began flight testing in 1974 and it was announced as the winner of the LWF competition in 1975. The first full production aircraft were delivered to the Air Force in 1978. Officially named Fighting Falcon the F-16 is almost universally called “Viper” by its pilots. The name was taken from the fighter featured in the television series “Battlestar Galactica” which first aired at the time the F-16 was entering service. Production of the F-16 has outlasted the company that designed it. General Dynamics was bought by Lockheed-Martin in 1993. As of 2017 a total of twenty-seven countries have operated the F-16 with more than 4,500 built.

Specifications
Wingspan 32 ft 9.5 in
Length 49 ft 3.5 in
Height 16 ft 8.5 in
Weight 37,500 pounds (loaded)
Max. Speed Mach 2.05
Service Ceiling 55,000 ft
Range 2,400 miles
Engines One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 turbofan
Crew 1