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F-16CG Block 40 "89-2016"
555th Fighter Sqn.
31st Air Wing, 16th Air Force
Aviano Air Base, Italy
|The F-16 Fighting Falcon was produced by General Dynamics who became Lockheed who then
merged with Martin Marietta to become Lockheed Martin. The F-16 entered service in January
1979 as a multi-role jet fighter that evolved into an all-weather multi-role aircraft capable of
maintain so the U.S. and 25 other countries added it to their inventory. The Fighting Falcon is
referred to by its pilots as the “Viper” and will remain in USAF service until 2025.
The 555th TFS story began in November 1942 as the 555th Bombardment Squadron, Medium. In
November 1945 the squadron was de-activated and re-activated in January 1964. From 1965
until 1973 the 555th flew F-4s in Vietnam and shot down 39 MiGs, earning them the motto
"World's Largest Distributor of MiG Parts". The 555th returned to the U.S. in 1974 and in 1994
transitioned to the F-16 when transferred to the Aviano Air Base in Italy. F-16 89-2016 was
delivered to the military on July 1990.
General specifications F-16 Fighting Falcon
Primary Function – Multi-role fighter
Manufacturer – General Dynamics Corp. / Lockheed Martin Corp.
Initial Unit cost - F-16C/D, $20 million plus
First Deployed - January 1979 (F-16A)
Crew – 1 x F-16C / 1 or 2 x F-16D
Power Plant - F-16C/D
1 x Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229
1 x General Electric F110-GE-100/129
Thrust - F-16C/D / 27,000 lb (12,150 kg)
Length - 49 ft, 5 in (14.8 m)
Height - 16 ft (4.8 m)
Wingspan - 32 ft, 8 in (9.8 m)
Speed - 1,500 mph (Mach 2 @ altitude)
Ceiling - Above 50,000 ft (15 km)
Maximum Takeoff Weight - 37,500 lb (16,875 kg)
Range - Greater than 2,425 mi (2,100 nm / 3,900 km)
Combat Radius F-16C
851.6 mi (1,370 km / 740 nm) w/ 2 x 2,000 lb bombs + 2 x AIM-9 + 1,040 U.S. gal external tanks
391.3 mi (630 km / 340 nm) w/ 4 x 2,000 lb bombs + 2 x AIM-9 + 340 U.S. gal external tanks
230.2 mi (370 km / 200 nm) + 2 hr. 10 min. patrol w/ 2 x AIM-7 + 2 x AIM-9 + 1,040 lb U.S. gal
1 x M-61A1 20mm multi-barrel cannon with 500 rounds
External stations can carry up to six air-to-air missiles
Conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions
Electronic countermeasure pods.