Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The F-16 Fighting Falcon

I'm pretty sure that I've talked about this aircraft before but in case I haven't, here it is.

Next up is the F-16 Fighting Falcon which is produced by General Dynamics.  It came about as a need for lower cost supplement to the F-15 Eagle.  Originally designed as a daytime air superiority fighter, it has evolved into an all weather multi-purpose fighter.
Like the F-15, there is enough thrust in the engine that it can take off straight up.  Its first flight was in 1974 and it was introduced to service in 1978.  Also like the F-15, it is equipped with a cannon.  The seat is at an angle to reduce the effects of g-forces on the pilot.  It is sometimes nicknamed "The Electric Jet" because it is the first US production fighter to use "fly by wire" controls which means it uses electronic signals for the flight controls instead of hydraulics.  It has a bubble canopy for a full 360 degree view.

The F-16 is a pretty capable aircraft and is used by many of our allies.

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