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When it entered service at the end of the 1970s, the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" was the most agile jet fighter in the world and the pioneer of several technical innovations such as the fly-by-wire control system. Even today the all-weather multirole aircraft remains technically state-of-the-art and continues to set the standard for modern military planes.

Thanks to its concept as a relatively low-cost multirole fighter, the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" is a hugely popular aircraft: over 4,500 have been built since 1978, of which around 2,200 are in service with two dozen air forces today. And production is planned to continue until 2017 at least.

Since an air show without the F-16 is like Formula 1 without Ferrari, it will of course be making an appearance at AIRPOWER16 – on the ground as well as in the air: while Portugal and Belgium each present an F-16 with predator livery in the special-themed Tiger area in the Static Display, the air display of Commandant Tom "Gizmo" De Moortel of the Belgian Air Force Solo Display Team will surely be one of AIRPOWER16’s highlights.

  • © Oren Rozen

  • © Oren Rozen

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Facts & Figures

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Length 15.03 m
Height 5.09 m
Wingspan 9.45 m
Max. take-off weight 16,900 kg
Service ceiling 16,500 m
Max. speed 2,142 km/h
Thrust 1x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220
Power 106 kN
Crew 1
Display Flying & Static