Multiple F-16 ‘Fighting Falcon’ fighter jets put on a show as they taxi down a runway at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.
The spectacle that took place in 2012 was a joint demonstration of U.S. and South Korean Air Force capabilities and air power. F-16’s from the following units took place in the event;
- 35th and 80th Fighter Squadrons of the 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan AB, South Korea
- 4th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Expeditionary Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah
- ROKAF 38th Fighter Group of the Republic of Korea Air Force
How many Falcons do you see? Any Viper pilots here take part in this dance?
A Proven History:
The F-16 is a combat tested, 4th generation multi-role fighter that has served the US Air Force for almost 40 years. Originally developed and produced by General Dynamics the F-16 first flew in January 1974. In 1993 General Dynamics sold its aircraft business to Lockheed. The Falcon is utilized in more than 80 locations around the world.
The 9 g, Mach 2+ weapons platform has a wingspan of 31 feet, an empty weight of 20,000 pounds and a single engine that produces about 29,000 pounds of thrust. A true fighter pilots aircraft, over 4500 F-16’s have been produced. While Lockheed Martin is still producing the F-16 aircraft it is no longer being purchased by the US Air Force. – Lockheed Martin
Featured Image Courtesy of US Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Fowler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons