HomeAbout UsFact SheetsDisplay

F-16 Aircraft Specifications

Major Mike Henkelman an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot lands Feb. 26 in Balad Air Base, Iraq. Major Henkelman is from the 301st fighter wing in Fort Worth, Texas, but is an augmentee along with roughly 400 Air National Guardsmen from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th fighter wing deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Julie M. Tomaska)

Major Mike Henkelman an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot lands Feb. 26 in Balad Air Base, Iraq. Major Henkelman is from the 301st fighter wing in Fort Worth, Texas, but is an augmentee along with roughly 400 Air National Guardsmen from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th fighter wing deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Julie M. Tomaska)

General Aircraft Specifications

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a combat, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to -Surface attack. With a full load of internal fuel, the F-16 can withstand up to nine G's -- nine times the force of gravity -- which exceeds the capability of other current fighter aircraft. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States. 

In an air combat role, the F-16's maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight, and return) exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets is all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter.

The cockpit and its bubble canopy give the pilot unobstructed forward and upward vision, and greatly improved vision over the side and to the rear. The seat-back angle was expanded from the usual 13 degrees to 30 degrees, increasing pilot comfort and gravity force tolerance.

The pilot has excellent flight control of the F-16 through its "fly-by-wire" system. Electrical wires relay commands, replacing the usual cables and linkage controls. For easy and accurate control of the aircraft during high G-force combat maneuvers, a side stick controller is used instead of the conventional center-mounted stick. Hand pressure on the side stick controller sends electrical signals to actuators of flight control surfaces such as ailerons and rudder.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Multirole Fighter
Builder: Lockheed Martin Corp.
Power Plant: One Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229
Thrust: 27,000 pounds (Full Augmentation)
Length: 49 feet, 5 inches
Height: 16 feet
Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches
Speed: 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at altitude)
Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 37,500 pounds
Range: More than 2,000 miles ferry range (1,740 nautical miles)
Armament: One M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds; external stations cn carry up to six air-to-air missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods
Unit cost: F-16A/B, $30.1 million
Crew: F-16A, one; F-16B, one or two