Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
In 1972 the USAF began looking for a lightweight, versatile fighter as a substitute for the F-15 Eagle. The design program was supposed to allow the manufacturers to showcase their technologies, but was not intended to result in anything more than a conceptual prototype. General Dynamics (now Lockheed-Martin) fielded the XF-16. The jets superior dogfighting abilities, coupled with it low cost, made it instantly popular, and earned it the nickname "Viper." The F-16A and F-16B (one- and two-seat versions, respectively), became operational in 1979 with the USAF, and the plane is license-built in Belgium and Holland.
F-16Cs and -Ds (upgraded versions of -As and -Bs, respectively) were deployed in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm, and flew more sorties than any other aircraft.
The F-16 burns 869 gallons of jet fuel per hour at routine usage. A full load of fuel (internal capacity only) costs $3,150. A full load of Vulcan 20mm ammo costs $1,226. Other ordnance varies by mission parameter.
F-16C Fighting Falcon Block 50/52
Subassemblies: Body +4, high-agility Wings +3, three small Wheels +0.
Powertrain: 28,964-lb. thrust Turbofan with Afterburner, 2,300-kWs advanced battery.
Fuel: 1,050 gallons jet fuel (fire 13) in light self-sealing tank [Body] (fire +0).
Occupancy: 1 NCS.
Cargo: 20,450 lbs. ordnance [Body and Wings:U].
Armor: 3/7 overall.
Body: Long-range radio with scrambler; night vision light amplification; autopilot; military GPS; IFF; inertial navigation system; terrain-following radar; thermograph (FLIR); HUDWAC; advanced radar detector, basic stealth, deceptive jammer; decoy (chaff) discharger (6 reloads); refueling probe, arrestor hook, improved brakes, 2,200-lb. hardpoint. Wings: two 4,500-lb., two 3,500-lb., two 700-lb. and two 425-lb. hardpoints.
20mm autocannon/Vulcan M61A1 [Body:F] (511 rounds).
Weapons payload can include:
Mk 20 Rockeye cluster bombs
CBU-87 cluster bombs
Mk 83 500-lb. bombs
Mk 84 1,000-lb. bombs
AGM-65 Maverick missiles
GBU-10 and GBU-15 guided weapons
Size: 49'x32'x16' Payload