|The F-16 Fighting Falcon was produced by General Dynamics who became Lockheed who then
merged with Martin Marietta to become Lockheed Martin. The F-16 entered service in January
1979 as a multi-role jet fighter that evolved into an all-weather multi-role aircraft capable of
sustaining 9-g turns. The F-16 is relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain so the U.S. and
25 other countries added it to their inventory. The Fighting Falcon is referred to by its pilots as
the “Viper” and will remain in USAF service until 2025.
F-16C Fighting Falcon “89-2098” MSN 1C-251 was originally assigned to 19th FS “Gamecocks”
at Shaw AFB, South Carolina in March 1991 and became the 9th Air Force Commander's jet.
Sometime after 2008 89-2098 was upgraded to an F-16CG. In late 1993 the 19th FS was moving
to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska and upgrading to F-16 Block 50 so the Block 42 F-16s were sent to the
180th FW/112th FS “Stingers” of the Toledo ANG. The 112th FS is a descendant of the
112th Aero Squadron formed on August 18, 1917.
General specifications F-16 Fighting Falcon
Primary Function – Multi-role fighter
Manufacturer – General Dynamics Corp. / Lockheed Martin Corp.
Initial Unit cost - F-16C/D, $20 million plus
First Deployed - January 1979 (F-16A)
Crew – 1 x F-16C / 1 or 2 x F-16D
F-16C/D Block 40/42
In 1988, the Block 40/42 were the improved all-day/all-weather strike variant the, F-16GC/GD.
With night capabilities they became known as “Night Falcons”
Improvements - numerous structural upgrades, new computers, navigation aids and weapons
Length - 49 ft, 5 in (14.8 m)
Height - 16 ft (4.8 m)
Wingspan - 32 ft, 8 in (9.8 m)
Power Plant - F-16C/D
1 x Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229
1 x General Electric F110-GE-100/129
Thrust - F-16C/D / 27,000 lb (12,150 kg)
Speed - 1,500 mph (Mach 2 @ altitude)
Ceiling - Above 50,000 ft (15 km)
Maximum Takeoff Weight - 37,500 lb (16,875 kg)
Range - Greater than 2,425 mi (2,100 nm / 3,900 km)
Combat Radius F-16C
851.6 mi (1,370 km / 740 nm) w/ 2 x 2,000 lb bombs + 2 x AIM-9 + 1,040 U.S. gal external tanks
391.3 mi (630 km / 340 nm) w/ 4 x 2,000 lb bombs + 2 x AIM-9 + 340 U.S. gal external tanks
230.2 mi (370 km / 200 nm) + 2 hr. 10 min. patrol w/ 2 x AIM-7 + 2 x AIM-9 + 1,040 lb U.S. gal
1 x M-61A1 20mm multi-barrel cannon with 500 rounds
External stations can carry up to six air-to-air missiles
Conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions
Electronic countermeasure pods.
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90-0703, 8th FW Commander's Jet,
Kunsan Air Base, 2007
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