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DAYTON, Ohio(May 2020) -- Museum restoration crews move the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The F-16 on display was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The F-16 on display (S/N 81-0663) was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The F-16 on display (S/N 81-0663) was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

F-16 Jet Aircraft

DAYTON, Ohio(May 2020) -- Museum restoration crews move the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The F-16 on display was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

F-16 Jet Aircraft

DAYTON, Ohio(May 2020) -- Museum restoration crews move the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The F-16 on display was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

F-16 Jet Aircraft

DAYTON, Ohio(May 2020) -- Museum restoration crews move the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The F-16 on display was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. A restoration crew member worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. A restoration crew member worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This restoration crew member worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This restoration crew member worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Aircraft Cleaning of F-16A.
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DAYTON, Ohio(Aug. 2021) -- Air Force Veteran Mike Millard cleans the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Millard was a crew chief from 1986-1989 for the F-16 #6 and #8 aircraft. The Thunderbird Alumni Association (TBAA) has under-taken a Thunderbird demonstration aircraft cleaning of the aircraft that are on display in military museums. The F-16 on display (S/N 81-0663) was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

Aircraft Cleaning of F-16A.
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DAYTON, Ohio(Aug. 2021) -- Air Force Veteran James Olshlager cleans the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Olshlager received the F-16 on display in our museum the first day as a Thunderbird team member. The Thunderbird Alumni Association (TBAA) has under-taken a Thunderbird demonstration aircraft cleaning of the aircraft that are on display in military museums. The F-16 on display (S/N 81-0663) was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

Aircraft Cleaning of F-16A.
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DAYTON, Ohio(Aug. 2021) -- Air Force Veteran Mike Millard cleans the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Millard was a crew chief from 1986-1989 for the F-16 #6 and #8 aircraft. The Thunderbird Alumni Association (TBAA) has under-taken a Thunderbird demonstration aircraft cleaning of the aircraft that are on display in military museums. The F-16 on display (S/N 81-0663) was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

Air Force Museum aircraft F-100D.
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DAYTON, Ohio(Aug 2021) -- The Thunderbird Alumni Association (TBAA) has under-taken a Thunderbird demonstration aircraft cleaning of the aircraft that are on display in military museums. Here their former team members clean the North American F-100D Super Sabre. The aircraft on display was used by the Thunderbirds from 1964 until 1968. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

Veteran photographs F-16.
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DAYTON, Ohio(Aug 2021) -- USAF SMSgt.(Ret.) Pat Nugent photographs the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Nugent served from 1969-1992 and was the Air Force Thunderbirds team photographer from 1982-1984.The Thunderbird Alumni Association (TBAA) has under-taken a Thunderbird demonstration aircraft cleaning of the aircraft that are on display in military museums.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

The F-16 on display (S/N 81-0663) was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. The Thunderbirds continued to fly this aircraft until 1992 when they converted to F-16Cs. It was then modified to operational condition and assigned to the Air Education and Training Command to train pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. In 1996 the Thunderbirds repainted it in Thunderbird colors at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The museum placed it on display in October 1996.

The F-16 evolved from a 1972 USAF Lightweight Fighter prototype program which sought a small, lightweight, low cost, air superiority day fighter designed for high performance and ease of maintenance. It achieved combat-ready status in October 1980. Many foreign nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Egypt and Israel, have purchased the F-16.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: One 20mm M-61A1 cannon and various combinations of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and bombs
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 of 23,830 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Crew: One
Maximum speed: 1,345 mph
Cruising speed: 577 mph
Range: 1,407 miles
Ceiling: 55,000 ft.
Span: 32 ft. 10 in.
Length: 49 ft. 6 in.
Height: 16 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 29,896 lbs. loaded


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