General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon PDF eBook & Flight Manuals

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July 1984

  • Return of the Thunderbirds
  • Vought’s XC-142, origin of VTOL flight
  • Ernst Heinkel and his Empire

June 1988

  • F-16 Fighting Falcon, Riding the Electric Jet
  • Burning Japan to the Ground
  • B-29 Firebomb raids of WWII
  • Prelude to the Atomic Age

November 1989

  • F-16 Pilots, Dogfighting to Air Defense to Ground Support
  • Story of the Douglas A-26 Invader

March 1990

  • The F-16 Aggressor Squadron, America’s Secret Soviet Air Force
  • WWII Germany’s two decade head start in helicopter development

December 1991

  • The F-16 Aggressor Squadrons Last Stand
  • Consolidated B-24 Liberator, The Forgotten Warrior

April 1995

  • Training Today’s Fighter Pilots
  • Aerial Blackmail, The Munich Crisis
  • Imperial Japan’s Kawanishi George Fighter

September 1998

  • Fighter Market Place, F-16 and F-16XL
  • Boeing’s Stratoliner
  • Fiat’s CR.32 Flying Cockroach

Manuals & Photos

  • F-16A/C Flight Manual 1995
  • F-16C/D Flight Manual 2003
  • F-16C/D Supplemental Flight Manual 2003
  • F-16C/D Checklist 2003
  • Over 700 F-16 photos

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

  • F-16C Block 50 Spec
  • Variants
  • On Display
  • Cutaway
  • Videos

General Characteristics


  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 49 ft 5 in (15.06 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)
  • Height: 16 ft (4.88 m)
  • Wing area: 300 ft² (27.87 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 64A204 root and tip
  • Empty weight: 18,900 lb (8,570 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 26,500 lb (12,000 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 42,300 lb (19,200 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × F110-GE-100 afterburning turbofan
  • Dry thrust: 17,155 lbf (76.3 kN)
  • Thrust with afterburner: 28,600 lbf (127 kN)


  • Maximum speed: At sea level: Mach 1.2 (915 mph, 1,470 km/h), At altitude: Mach 2 (1,320 mph, 2,120 km/h) clean configuration
  • Combat radius: 340 mi (295 nmi, 550 km) on a hi-lo-hi mission with four 1,000 lb (450 kg) bombs
  • Ferry range: 2,280 nmi (2,620 mi, 4,220 km) with drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 50,000+ ft (15,240+ m)
  • Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (254 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 88.3 lb/ft² (431 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.095
  • Maximum g-load: +9.0 g


  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel Gatling cannon, 511 rounds
  • Hardpoints: 2× wing-tip Air-to-air missile launch rails, 6× under-wing, and 3× under-fuselage pylon (2 of 3 for sensors) stations with a capacity of up to 17,000 lb (7,700 kg) of stores


  • 4×LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× /7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively)
  • 4×LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets)
  • 4×LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× Zuni 127 mm rockets)


  • Air-to-air missiles:
  • 2× AIM-7 Sparrow
  • 6× AIM-9 Sidewinder
  • 6× AIM-120 AMRAAM
  • 6× IRIS-T
  • 6× Python-4
  • Air-to-ground missiles:
  • 6× AGM-65 Maverick
  • 4× AGM-88 HARM
  • AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
  • Anti-ship missiles:
  • 2× AGM-84 Harpoon
  • 4× AGM-119 Penguin


  • 8× CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition
  • 8× CBU-89 Gator mine
  • 8× CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon
  • 4× Mark 84 general-purpose bombs
  • 8× Mark 83 GP bombs
  • 12× Mark 82 GP bombs
  • 8× GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)
  • 4× GBU-10 Paveway II
  • 6× GBU-12 Paveway II
  • 4× GBU-24 Paveway III
  • 4× GBU-27 Paveway III
  • 4× Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) series
  • 4× AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)
  • Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD)
  • B61 nuclear bomb
  • B83 nuclear bomb


  • SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or
  • AN/ALQ-131 & AN/ALQ-184 ECM pods or
  • LANTIRN, Lockheed Martin Sniper XR & LITENING targeting pods or
  • up to 3× 300/330/370/600 US gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight/extended range/loitering time or
  • UTC Aerospace DB-110 long range EO/IR sensor pod on centerline


  • AN/APG-68 radar
  • MIL-STD-1553 bus


The F-16A (single seat) and F-16B (two seat) were 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) and F-16D (two seat) variants entered production in 1984. The first C/D 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/D versions.[123] The F-16C/D had a unit cost of US$18.8 million (1998).[2] Operational cost per flight hour has been estimated at $7,000[124] to $22,470[125] or $24,000, depending on calculation method.


The F-16E (single seat) and F-16F (two seat) are newer F-16 variants. The Block 60 version is based on the F-16C/D Block 50/52 and has been developed especially for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It features improved AN/APG-80 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, avionics, conformal fuel tanks (CFTs), and the more powerful GE F110-132 engine.


For the Indian MRCA competition for the Indian Air Force, Lockheed Martin offered the F-16IN Super Viper.[129] The F-16IN is based on the F-16E/F Block 60 and features conformal fuel tanks; AN/APG-80 AESA radar, GE F110-132A engine with FADEC controls; electronic warfare suite and infra-red searching (IRST); updated glass cockpit; and a helmet-mounted cueing system.[130] As of 2011, the F-16IN is no longer in the competition.


In September 2010, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed the United States Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale of 18 F-16IQ aircraft along with the associated equipment and services to the newly reformed Iraqi Air Force. Total value of sale is estimated at US$4.2 billion.


The F-16N is an adversary aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy. It is based on the standard F-16C/D Block 30 and is powered by the General Electric F110-GE-100 engine. However, the F-16N has a strengthened wing and is capable of carrying an Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) pod on the starboard wingtip. Although the single-seat F-16Ns and twin-seat (T)F-16Ns are based on the early-production small-inlet Block 30 F-16C/D airframe, they retain the APG-66 radar of the F-16A/B. In addition, the aircraft’s 20 mm cannon has been removed, as has the ASPJ, and they carry no missiles. Their EW fit consists of an ALR-69 radar warning receiver (RWR) and an ALE-40 chaff/flare dispenser. The F-16Ns and (T)F-16Ns have the standard Air Force tailhook and undercarriage and are not aircraft carrier capable. Production totaled 26 airframes, of which 22 are single-seat F-16Ns and 4 are twin-seat TF-16Ns. The initial batch of aircraft were in service between 1988 and 1998. At that time, hairline cracks were discovered in several bulkheads and the Navy did not have the resources to replace them, so the aircraft were eventually retired and placed in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB. These were later replaced by embargoed ex-Pakistani F-16C/Ds in 2003. F-16Ns were previously operated by adversary squadrons at NAS Oceana, Virginia; NAS Key West, Florida and the former NAS Miramar, California. They are operated by the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada.


At the 2012 Singapore Air Show Lockheed Martin unveiled plans for the new F-16V variant with the V suffix referencing its Viper nickname. It is to feature an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a new mission computer and electronic warfare suite, and various cockpit improvements; this package can be retrofitted to previous F-16s, including the Block 60.


In September 2013, an empty F-16 tested by Boeing and US Air Force, with two US Air Force pilots controlling the plane from the ground as it flew from Tyndall AFB over the Gulf of Mexico.[138][139] The QF-16, having previously been mothballed at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, flew at an altitude of 40,000 ft (12.2 km), a speed of Mach 1.47 (1,119 mph/1,800 km/h) and reportedly reached 7 g.


  • 72-1567 – Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Virginia


  • 75-0752 – Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas


  • 75-0746 – Pylon-mounted gate guard, McEntire Air National Guard Base, South Carolina
  • 75-0748 – Cadet Area Quadrangle, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
  • 75-0750 – On display at the Experimental Aircraft Display Hangar, National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  • 78-0001 – Langley AFB Memorial Park, Langley AFB, Virginia. First production model F-16A delivered to USAF.
  • 78-0005 – 162d Fighter Wing Park, Tucson Air National Guard Base, Arizona
  • 78-0025 – Gate guard, Burlington Air National Guard Base, Vermont
  • 78-0042 – Gate guard, Montgomery Air National Guard Base/Dannelly Field, Alabama
  • 78-0052 – Eielson AFB Heritage Park, Eielson AFB, Alaska
  • 78-0053 – Pylon display at Misawa AB, Japan
  • 78-0057 – Pylon display at Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  • 78-0059 – Selfridge Military Air Museum and Air Park, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan
  • 78-0065 – 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing combined Headquarters, Hill AFB, Utah
  • 78-0066 – On display in Kansas Air National Guard Memorial Park area, McConnell AFB, Kansas
  • 79-0290 – On display at Great Falls Air National Guard Base, Montana.
  • 79-0296 – Gate guard, Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Florida
  • 79-0307 – On display at Cannon AFB Air Park, Cannon AFB, New Mexico
  • 79-0309 – Base park area adjacent to USAFCENT Headquarters, Shaw AFB, South Carolina. Painted as 20th Fighter Wing F-16C 93-0534. Memorial to Maj Brinson Phillips, 20 FW, killed 19 Mar 2000 while flying F-16C 93-0534
  • 79-0312 – On pylon display, Veterans Memorial Park, Douglas, Arizona
  • 79-0326 – Gate guard, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida
  • 79-0327 – Pedestal mounted memorial, Luke AFB, Arizona. Painted in 302d Fighter Squadron markings, to include World War II Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tails” empennage
  • 79-0334 – USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, Alabama
  • 79-0337 – Ground-mobile static display aircraft, normally located at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, New York. Utilized by New York Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing (former 174th Fighter Wing) at fairs and expositions for Air National Guard recruiting.
  • 79-0352 – On static display with 23d Wing at Moody AFB, Georgia
  • 79-0366 – Memorial park static display, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  • 79-0388 – Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB, Utah
  • 79-0373 – On display at Buckley AFB, Colorado. Aircraft painted in markings of Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Fighter Wing based at Buckley AFB.
  • 79-0402 – Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB, Utah
  • 79-0403 – Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City, New York
  • 80-0481 – Display on Parade Ground, Sheppard AFB, Texas.
  • 80-0527 – Former Arizona Air National Guard 162d Fighter Wing aircraft destined for transfer to/display at the Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona.
  • 80-0528 – City park in Pinellas Park, Florida. Painted in markings of 56th Tactical Training Wing-cum-56th Fighter Wing, previously assigned to nearby MacDill AFB in the 1980s and early 1990s.
  • 80-0573 – Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin AFB, Florida
  • 80-0612 – Memorial park static display at Puerto Rico National Guard’s Camp Santiago, Salinas, Puerto Rico. Former Puerto Rico Air National Guard F-16ADF, painted in markings of PRANG’s former 198th Fighter Squadron, but marked as 81612.
  • 81-0663 – On display in United States Air Force Thunderbirds markings at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio.
  • 81-0676 – Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, Warner Robins, Georgia
  • 81-0721 – MacDill AFB Memorial Park, MacDill AFB, Florida. Former Florida Air National Guard 125th Fighter Wing F-16ADF repainted in markings of a 56th Fighter Wing F-16A previously assigned to MacDill in the 1980s.
  • 82-0930 – On display at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, Texas
  • FA-01 – On display at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels, Belgium


  • 78-0088 – On display at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, Cape May County Airport, New Jersey
  • 78-0107 – On display adjacent to Parade Ground, Lackland AFB, Texas
  • 79-0430 – Stafford Air & Space Museum, Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • 81-0816 – Pylon display gate guard, Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, New Jersey
  • 81-0817 – On display at the Russell Military Museum located in Russell, Illinois.


  • 83-1126 – Pylon display at Hill Memorial Park, Hill AFB, Utah
  • 84-1264 – Air park display, Fort Wayne Air National Guard Station, Indiana. Aircraft retains Air Force Heritage paint scheme honoring 358th Fighter Group during World War II.
  • 84-1393 – Pylon display at Texas National Guard’s Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas. Former Texas Air National Guard 147th Fighter Wing/111th Fighter Squadron aircraft.
  • 85-1469 – Static display at Joe Foss Field Air National Guard Station, South Dakota
  • 87-0323 – Preserved as Thunderbird 1 in front of the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron/United States Air Force Thunderbirds hangar, Nellis AFB, Nevada. Assigned to Thunderbirds in the 1992–2008 timeframe. Had number 1 attached on 11 Jun 1999; number 2 in the 2004 season; number 3 on 3 Mar 2003 and number 4 on 1 Apr 2005.


  • 163269 – San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego, California
  • 163271 – Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa, California
  • 163277 – Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California
  • 163572 – National Naval Aviation Museum, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Pensacola, Florida
  • 163576 – Air Power Park, Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada