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
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