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General Dynamics F-16A
General Dynamics F-16A-10 (S/N 78-0056) of the 56th TTW. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The F-16 evolved from a 1972 USAF Lightweight Fighter (LWF) prototype program, which sought a small, lightweight, low cost, air superiority day fighter designed for high performance and ease of maintenance. The YF-16 was selected the winner, over the Northrop YF-17, after the LWF fly-off competition was completed. The basic YF-17 design was used as the basis for the US Navy F-18.

The F-16 achieved combat-ready status in October 1980. Many foreign nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Egypt and Israel, have purchased the F-16.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has an F-16A used by the Thunderbirds on display in its Cold War Gallery.

Type Number built/
F-16A 1,432 670 to USAF
F-16B 312 122 to USAF
F-16C 1,823 1,222 to USAF
F-16D 404 206 to USAF
F-16N 22 U.S. Navy F-16C
TF-16N 4 U.S. Navy F-16D
F-16XL 2 (cv) Cranked Arrow wing

Armament: One 20mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon and various combinations of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and bombs
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 turbofan of 23,830 lbs. static sea level thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,345 mph
Cruising speed: 577
Range: 1,407 miles
Service ceiling: 55,000 ft.
Span: 32 ft. 10 in. with missiles mounted (30 ft. without missiles or rails)
Length: 47 ft. 8 in. (49 ft. 6 in. with pitot boom)
Height: 16 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 33,000 lbs. maximum takeoff
Crew: One

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