|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.
Lockheed F-16C 94-0047 c/n CC-199 was delivered to the 79th FS in April 1997. In 2006 it
transferred to the 20th FW/77th FS. In 2019 this aircraft was selected to join the 2020 Air Combat
Command's F-16 Demo Team with work on the special paint scheme beginning in December. In
May 2020 the stunning scheme was unveiled and named “Venom”. Snake scales run along the
back, belly and wings as well as up the tail. Snake eyes are on each side of the fuselage. Pilot is
Major Garret “Toro” Schmitz.
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
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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Lockheed F-16C "Venom Scheme"
94-0047, USAF Demo Team, 2020