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The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft
originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF).The Fighting Falcon has key features
including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while
maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of
a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system which helps to make it a nimble aircraft.The F-16's
official name is "Fighting Falcon", but "Viper" is commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived
resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper starfighter.The aircraft is also
used by the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.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.
Role
Multirole fighter, air superiority fighter

National origin
United States

Manufacturer
General Dynamics
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

First flight
20 January 1974

Introduction
17 August 1978

Status
In service

Primary users
United States Air Force
25 other users (see operators page)

Produced
1973-present

Number built
4,540+

Unit cost
F-16A/B: US$14.6 million (1998 dollars)
F-16C/D: US$18.8 million (1998 dollars)

Variants
General Dynamics F-16 VISTA

Developed into
Vought Model 1600
General Dynamics F-16XL
Mitsubishi F-2
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