Lockheed/Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon


PHOTO COURTESY NASA DRYDEN FLIGHT CENTER

F-16 SPECIFICATIONS -

Multi-role fighter

Engine:           one 23,840 lb. (10,814 Kg.) thrust
                  Pratt & Whitney F100-200 afterburning turbofan

Weight:           Empty (A) 15,137 lb (6,866 Kg)
                  loaded Sidewinder's only 23,357 lb. (10,594 Kg.)
                  Max - 35,400 lb. (16,057 Kg.)

Max Speed:        1,350 mph (2,173 km/h) Mach 2.05 at 40,000 feet
                  915 mph (1,472 km/h) Mach 1.2 sea level

Range:            2,415 ferry range - typical payload A model
                  with six Mk. 82 bombs - 340 miles

Armament:         One M61A-1 20 mm gatling gun with 500 rounds,
                  centerline pylon for 300 U.S. gal drop tank,
                  centerline can also carry 2,200 lb. load,
                  inboard pylons - 3,500 lbs., middle pylon
                  2,500 lbs., outside pylon 250 lb.

The Falcon was the winner of the USAF lightweight fighter flyoff staged between it and the Northrup F-17 in 1972. The F-16 has many advanced features including blended wing-body structure, fly-by-wire flight controls, a 30 degree reclined ejection seat, side-stick controller, pulse doppler radar and digital navigation. The F-16 Falcons usually carry Sidewinder and AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile) AIM-120 radar homing missiles. The USAF has recently pressed the Falcon into the SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defense) missions or "Wild Weasel" missions to search out and destroy SAM missile sites. The SEAD F-16s are armed with updated anti-radar HARM and Shrike missiles.

Both Pakistan and Indonesia fly Falcons, along with other U.S. allies such as Korea and Taiwan. Former Pakistani F-16 Falcons were offered to Indonesia during the 1994 APEC conference by Ron Brown. The Indonesia Falcon deal fell through because of the Clinton campaign donations scandals and the link to Suharto backer Moctar Riady.


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