The F-16 is one of the most maneuverable and cost effective fighter in the world. It has a combat radius (unrefueled) that is greater than any enemy fighters. Also, the Fighting Falcon, was built with existing technology from the F-15 and F-111 to reduce development costs. Another unique feature of this aircraft is that it can take up to 9 G's with a full fuel load, which is better than any current fighter aircraft existing today.
The F-16 is also more comfortable to fly than other fighters. Its seat angle is 30 degrees, as compared to the usual 13 degrees, allows for higher gravitational force tolerance. Also with fly by wire technology the F-16 has a unique side stick control setup. The usual setup is a center stick control, but the side stick controller senses hand pressure on the stick and then send out the needed electric signals.
|Power Plant:||1 P & W F100-PW-200/220/229 or GE F110-GE-100/129|
|Length:||49 ft. 5 in.|
|Max Weight:||37,500 lb.|
|Wingspan:||32 ft. 8 in.|
|Range:||Unlimited w/ air refueling, 2000+ miles on internal|
|Armament:||M-61A1 internal 6 barrel 20mm cannon and 6 hard points for various ordinance|
|Crew:||one(f-16c) or two(f-16d)|
|Deployment Date:||July 1979|