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General Dynamics

F-16 Fighting Falcon

MULTIROLE FIGHTER


Type:
Turbofan airplane

Origin:
Country FlagUnited States
Manufacturer:
1973–present

Updated March 30, 2024
Aircraft picture
F-16C - SMSgt Thomas Meneguin

General characteristics (17)

  • Role
    Multirole fighter
  • Wing
    Fixed wing
  • Crew
    A, C, E: 1 and B, D, F: 2
  • Wing position
    Mid wing
  • Tail
    Regular tail (Anhedral)
  • WTC
    M
  • APC
    D
  • Type code
    L1J
  • Engine count
    1
  • Landing gear
    Tricycle retractable
  • ICAO type designator
    F16
  • Body
    Narrow
  • Engine position
    In fuselage
  • ADG
    I
  • TDG
    1A
  • SRS
    III
  • LAHSO
    N/A

Variants and Blocks (26)

  • YF-16PROTOTYPE
    Prototype, Light Weight Fighter (LWF) competition
  • F-16A
    Original 1-seater
  • F-16B
    Original 2-seater, training + combat
  • F-16C Block 30
    AN/APG-68 radar, HARM and Maverick compatible, engine upgrade
  • F-16C Block 32
    AN/APG-68 radar, HARM and Maverick compatible, engine upgrade
  • F-16C Block 40
    GBU-15, Sniper XR pod, JDAM, AGM-154 laser guided bombs compatible
  • F-16C Block 42
    GBU-15, Sniper XR pod, JDAM, AGM-154 laser guided bombs compatible
  • F-16C Block 50
    Engine upgrade, HTS pod, weapon compability upgrades
  • F-16C Block 52
    Engine upgrade, HTS pod, weapon compability upgrades
  • F-16C Block 70
    Structural upgrades, F110-GE-129 engine, AN/APG-83 radar
  • F-16C Block 72
    Structural upgrades, F100-PW-229 engine, AN/APG-83 radar
  • F-16D Block 30
    AN/APG-68 radar, HARM and Maverick compatible, engine upgrade
  • F-16D Block 32
    AN/APG-68 radar, HARM and Maverick compatible, engine upgrade
  • F-16D Block 40
    GBU-15, Sniper XR pod, JDAM, AGM-154 laser guided bombs compatible
  • F-16D Block 42
    GBU-15, Sniper XR pod, JDAM, AGM-154 laser guided bombs compatible
  • F-16D Block 50
    Engine upgrade, HTS pod, weapon compability upgrades
  • F-16D Block 52
    Engine upgrade, HTS pod, weapon compability upgrades
  • F-16D Block 70
    Structural upgrades, F110-GE-129 engine, AN/APG-83 radar
  • F-16D Block 72
    Structural upgrades, F100-PW-229 engine, AN/APG-83 radar
  • F-16 Ozgur
    FlagTurkiye modernized variant of F-16C/D Block 30, 40, 50
  • F-16E Desert Falcon
    FlagUnited Arab Emirates advanced F-16C variant (Block 60)
  • F-16F Desert Falcon
    FlagUnited Arab Emirates advanced F-16D variant (Block 60)
  • F-16I Sufa
    FlagIsraeli Air Force advanced Block 52 derivative
  • F-16V
    AESA radar, upgraded mission computer
  • KF-16
  • QF-16
    FlagUS Air Force Full Scale Aerial Target variant

Structural data (12)

  • Length
    49 ft 5 in (15.06 m)
  • Height
    16 ft (4.9 m)
  • Wingspan
    32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)
  • Airfoil
    NACA 64A204
  • Wing area
    300 ft2 (28 m2)
  • Wing loading
    88.3lb/ft2 (431 kg/m2)
  • Hardpoints
    2 x wingtip air-to-air missile rails
    6 x under-wing
    3 x under-fuselage
    Total 17,000 lb (7,700 kg)
  • Parking area
    215.7 m2 (2,322.1 ft2)
  • Main gear config
    S
  • Cockpit to main gear
    4.8 m (15.9 ft)
  • Main gear width
    2.7 m (8.7 ft)
  • Wheelbase
    3.9 m (12.9 ft)

Performance (7)

  • Combat range
    295 nmi (339 mi, 546 km) on a hi-lo-hi mission with 4 × 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs
  • Ferry range
    2,277 nmi (2,620 mi, 4,217 km) with drop tanks
  • Fuel capacity
    7,000 lb (3,200 kg)
  • Acceleration limits
    +9 g
  • Roll rate
    324°/s
  • Service ceiling
    50,000 ft (15,000 m)
  • Thrust/weight ratio
    1.095 (1.24 with loaded weight & 50% internal fuel)

Speeds (2)

  • Maximum (normal)
    Mach 2.05, 1,176 kt (1,353 mph; 2,178 km/h) at 40,000 feet, clean
  • FAA approach
    160 kt (296 km/h)

Indicative Flight Profile data (23)
Source:SKYbrary logoSKYbrary [1]

  • Takeoff
    V2: 145 kts
    Distance: 1000 m
    Weight: 14970 kg
  • Initial climb (to 5000 ft)
    IAS: 175 kts
    ROC: 55000 ft/min
  • Initial climb (to 15,000 ft)
    IAS: 300 kts
    ROC: 40000
  • Initial climb (to 24,000 ft)
    IAS: 300 kts
    ROC: 30000 ft/min
  • Mach climb
    Mach: 0,8
    ROC: 10000 ft/min
  • Cruise
    TAS: 480 kts
    Mach: 0,86
    Ceiling: FL500
    Range: 2000 NM
  • Initial descent (to 24,000 ft)
    IAS: 0,85
    ROD: 10000 ft/min
  • Descent (to 10,000 ft)
    IAS: 350 kts
    ROD: 10000 ft/min
  • Descent (below 10,000 ft)
    IAS: 250 kts
    MCS: -
    ROD: 1500 ft/min
  • Approach
    VAPP (IAS): 150 kts
    Distance: 800 m

Weights (4)

  • Empty
    18,900 lb (8,573 kg)
  • Gross
    26,500 lb (12,020 kg)
  • MTOW
    42,300 lb (19,187 kg)
  • FAA weight class
    Large

Armament (41)

  • Gun
    1 x M61A1 Vulcan 20 mm (511 rounds)
  • Rockets
    Country Flag4 x LAU-61/LAU-68 pod (7 or 19 x Hydra 70 mm)
    Country Flag4 x LAU-5003 pod (19 x CRV7 70 mm)
    Country Flag4 x LAU-10 pod (4 x Zuni 127 mm)
  • Air-to-Air missiles
    Country Flag6 x AIM-9 Sidewinder
    Country Flag6 x AIM-120 AMRAAM
    Country Flag6 x IRIS-T
    Country Flag6 x Python-4
    Country Flag6 x Python-5
  • Air-to-Ground missiles
    Country Flag6 x AGM-65 Maverick
    Country Flag2 x AGM-88 HARM
    Country Flag1 x AGM-158 JASSM
    Country Flag4 x AGM-154 JSOW
  • Anti-ship missiles
    Country Flag2 x AGM-84 Harpoon
    Country Flag4 x AGM-119 Penguin
    Country Flag? x Joint Strike Missile
  • Bombs
    Country Flag8 x CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition
    Country Flag8 x CBU-89 Gator mine
    Country Flag8 x CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon
    Country Flag12 x Mark 82 general-purpose bomb
    Country Flag8 x Mark 83 general-purpose bomb
    Country Flag4 x Mark 84 general-purpose bomb
    Country Flag8 x GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb
    Country Flag4 x GBU-10 Paveway II
    Country Flag6 x GBU-12 Paveway II
    Country Flag4 x GBU-24 Paveway III
    Country Flag4 x GBU-27 Paveway III
    Country Flag4 x JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition)
    Country Flag1 x WCMD (Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser)
    Country Flag1 x B61 nuclear bomb
    Country Flag1 x B83 nuclear bomb
  • Other
    1 x ADM-160 MALD decoy missile
    1 x SUU-42A/A flare dispenser pod
    1 x AN/ALQ-131 ECM pod
    1 x AN/ALQ-184 ECM pod
    1 x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN navigation & targeting pod
    1 x AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR targeting pod
    1 x AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening targeting pod
    1 x AN/ASQ-213 HARM targeting system
    3 x drop tank (300-600 US Gal)
    1 x DB-110 EO/IR sensor pod

Engine options (2)

Option 1:

  • Model
  • Manufacturer
    Country FlagGeneral Electric
  • Type
    Turbojet
  • Control system
    FADEC
  • Afterburner
    Yes
  • Diameter
    35.66 in (90.6 cm) inlet, 46.5 in (118.1 cm) maximum
  • LP compressor stages
    3
  • HP compressor stages
    9
  • LP turbine stages
    2
  • HP turbine stages
    1
  • Length
    4.63 m (15.19 ft)
  • Max thrust
    129.00 kN (29,000.35 lbf)
  • Bypass ratio
    0.76:1
  • ISA sea level pressure ratio
    30.7:1 (at take-off thrust)
  • Air mass flow
    254 lb/s (115.2 kg/s)
  • Dry weight
    1,805.00 kg (3,980.03 lb)
  • Option 2:

  • Model
  • Manufacturer
    Country FlagPratt & Whitney
  • Type
    Turbojet
  • Afterburner
    Yes
  • Diameter
    34.8 inches (88 cm) inlet, 46.5 inches (118 cm) maximum
  • Compressor
    Dual spool, axial, 3 x LP + 10 x HP
  • Turbine
    2 x LP + 2 x HP
  • Length
    4.85 m (191 in)
  • Max thrust
    17,800 lbf (79 kN)
  • Max thrust (afterburner)
    29,160 lbf (129.7 kN)
  • Bypass ratio
    0.36:1
  • ISA sea level pressure ratio
    32:1 (at take-off thrust)
  • Air mass flow
    248 lb/s (112 kg/s)
  • Specific fuel consumption
    0.76 lb/(lbf·h) (77.5 kg/(kN·h))
  • Dry weight
    3,829 lb (1,737 kg)

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