Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft manufactured in the United States. The single-seat aircraft was originally developed by General Dynamics for the U.S. Air Force and has been produced by Lockheed Martin since 1993.

Initially, the F-16 was designed only as a light fighter, however, high demand led to its further development into an all-weather, multi-role fighter. Since the start of series production in 1976, over 4570 machines have been built.

When the F-16 entered service in 1978, it introduced several technical innovations, including the bubble canopy without struts for improved all-round visibility, a side-mounted control stick for easier operation, a pilot seat tilted at 30° for improved g-force absorption, and a fly-by-wire system. All of these measures served to give the F-16 a high degree of maneuverability, since the Vietnam War had shown that air combat would continue to be conducted primarily in close-quarters or cornering combat.

Thus, the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” is considered the most maneuverable fighter aircraft in the world – even today, the multi-role fighter jet is still technically state of the art due to ongoing updates and is still considered the benchmark for modern military aircraft.

The F-16’s great export success – especially among smaller NATO air forces – meant that the aircraft was still being used by 25 nations in 2014. As of early 2014, there were still 2281 F-16s in service, which was roughly 15% of all active fighter jets worldwide, making it the most widely deployed aircraft.

Since an airshow without the F-16 would be like a Formula 1 race without Ferrari, it is naturally represented at AIRPOWER22.

The F-16 will be sent to AIRPOWER22 by Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands and Poland in different versions and can be admired in the Flying Display as well as in the Static Display.

Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon

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