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In 1971, the U.S. Air Force circulated a requirement for highly-maneuverable lightweight fighter.  The General Dynamics YF-16 was designed to meet this requirement and first flew in 1974.

The F-16, officially named the Fighting Falcon in 1980, is assembled using components built by U.S. and European subcontractors.  All flying controls are operated using a fly-by-wire system.

The F-16 saw extensive use in Operation Desert Storm.  Through acquisition, the F-16 is now known as the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon.  It's probably better known as the Viper.

The Viper can be found in the Air Forces of at least 25 countries, not including those flying indigenous variants.

The most recent version of the F-16 is the F-16E/F "Block 60" with conformal fuel tanks, improved avionics and a 32,500 lb (144 kN) thrust General Electric F110-GE-132 turbofan.

Specifications (F-16A)





Type: Fighter
Engines: one 23,770 lb (106 kN) thrust Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 or one 28,984 lb (129 kN) thrust General Electric F110-GE-100 afterburning turbofan
F-16A/B: Initial variant, single-seat (A) and two-seat (B)
F-16C/D: upgraded all-weather capability with beyond-visual-range missiles.  Improved avionics.
F-16D/F: Improved radar and conformal fuel tanks.  Sold to the United Arab Emirates.  Named "Desert Falcon".

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