General Dynamics F-16 Fighting FalconEdit
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,400 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976. Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are still being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation, which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.
The Fighting Falcon is a dogfighter with numerous innovations including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system that makes it a highly nimble aircraft. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and has 11 hardpoints for mounting weapons, and other mission equipment.
The F-16A (single seat) was a initial production variants. These variants include the Block 1, 5, 10 and 20 versions. Block 15 was the first major change to the F-16 with larger horizontal stabilizers. It is the most numerous F-16 variant with 475 produced.
The F-16C (single seat) variant entered production in 1984. The first C version was the Block 25 with improved cockpit avionics and radar which added all-weather capability with beyond-visual-range (BVR) AIM-7 and AIM-120 air-air missiles. Block 30/32, 40/42, and 50/52 were later C versions.
- Tech Level: 6
- Damage Base: 14
- Min./Max. Airspeed: 3/23
- Maneuver (Loaded): 3 (5)
- Aerobatic (Loaded): 0 (-2)
- Defence (Loaded): 18(15)
- Climb Rate (Loaded): 3 (2)
- Shallow/Steep/Power/Vertical Dives: 2/4/5/7
- Operational Ceiling: 10
- Stores External/Pylon/Internal: 6/4/0
- Guns: 1x20mm M61A1 Cannon (6 Barrel)
- Cost: 1,116
- Maintenance Cost: 89