F-16 Fighting Falcon Rework


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My Opinion

In my opinion the F-16 Fighting Falcon is definitely one of the best jetfighters ever produced.
Not only in terms of designe but also because of it‘s First class performance. The numbers just talk for itself.
Did you know the F16 is already 40years in service? It does definitely not look like an almost half a century old aircraft.
By July 2010 there had been 4500 F-16s delivered.
Another fact why I do love the F-16 is that it was designed to be small and agile as well as easy to build/maintain. By that it’s the workhorse of many airdromes around the world. (Dogfighting, close ground support, intercepting, reconnaissance,…)
Last but not least one really big advantage over basically every other jetfighter is the outstanding visibility. Nothing is blocking your view except of the floor of the cockpit. 😉

Description of the manufacturer

The combat-proven F-16 has proven itself as the world‘s most capable 4th generation multi-role fighter, serving as the workhorse of the fighter fleet for 28 customers around the world. The F-16V, the latest F-16 configuration, includes numerous enhancements designed to keep the F-16 at the forefront of international security.

Specifications

Performance
  • 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 (1.24 with loaded weight & 50% internal fuel)
  • Maximum g-load: +9.0 g
General characteristics
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 49 ft 5 in (15.06 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 8 in (9.96 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)
  • Internal fuel: 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F110-GE-129 (for F-16C/D Block 30-40-50) or Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220/220E afterburning turbofan
  • Dry thrust: 17,155 lbf (76.3 kN)
  • Thrust with afterburner: 28,600 lbf (127 kN)
Armament
  • Guns: 1 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary 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
  • Rockets:
    4 × LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19/7 × Hydra 70 mm/APKWS 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)
  • Missiles:
    Air-to-air missiles:
    2 × AIM-7 Sparrow
    6 × AIM-9 Sidewinder
    6 × AIM-120 AMRAAM
    6 × IRIS-T
    6 × Python-4
    6 × Python-5
    Air-to-surface 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
  • Bombs:
    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
  • Others:
    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

Variants

F-16A/B

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.

F-16C/D

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. The F-16C/D had a unit cost of US$18.8 million (1998). Operational cost per flight hour has been estimated at $7,000 to $22,470 or $24,000, depending on calculation method.

F-16E/F

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 General Electric F110-GE-132 engine.

F-16IN

For the Indian MRCA competition for the Indian Air Force, Lockheed Martin offered the F-16IN Super Viper. The F-16IN is based on the F-16E/F Block 60 and features conformal fuel tanks; AN/APG-80 AESA radar, GE F110-GE-132A engine with FADEC controls; electronic warfare suite and infra-red searching (IRST); updated glass cockpit; and a helmet-mounted cueing system. As of 2011, the F-16IN is no longer in the competition. In 2016, Lockheed Martin offered the new F-16 Block 70/72 version to India under the Make in India program. In 2016, Indian government offered to purchase 200 (potentially up to 300) fighters in a deal worth $13–15bn. As of 2017, Lockheed Martin has agreed to manufacture F-16 Block 70 fighters in India with the Indian defense firm Tata Advanced Systems Limited. The new production line could be used to build F-16s for India and for exports. On 25 November 2017, Sputnik reported that the Indian government wanted to remove the single–engine criteria and focus on the fighter capabilities instead.

F-16IQ

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.

F-16N

The F-16N was 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, with one aircraft sent to the collection of the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and the remainder placed in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB. These aircraft were later replaced by embargoed ex-Pakistani F-16s in 2003. The original inventory of F-16Ns were previously operated by adversary squadrons at NAS Oceana, Virginia; NAS Key West, Florida and the former NAS Miramar, California. The current F-16A/B aircraft are operated by the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada.

F-16V

At the 2012 Singapore Air Show Lockheed Martin unveiled plans for the new F-16V variant with the V suffix for its Viper nickname. It is to feature an AN/APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a new mission computer and electronic warfare suite, automated ground collision avoidance system, and various cockpit improvements; this package is an option on current production F-16s and can be retrofitted to most in service F-16s. First flight took place 21 October 2015. Upgrades to Taiwan’s F-16 fleet began in January 2017.

F-16XL

The F-16XL featured a novel ‘cranked-arrow’ type of delta wing with more than twice the area of the standard F-16 wing. Developed under a program originally known as the Supersonic Cruise and Maneuvering Program (SCAMP), the design was intended to offer low drag at high subsonic or supersonic speeds without compromising low-speed maneuverability. As a result, the F-16XL can cruise efficiently at supersonic speeds without use of an afterburner. In late 1980, the USAF agreed to provide GD with the third and fifth FSD F-16s for modification into single-seat and twin-seat F-16XL prototypes. To accommodate the larger wing, the aircraft was lengthened 56 in (142 cm) by the addition of a 30-inch (76 cm) plug in the forward fuselage and a 26-inch (66 cm) section to the aft fuselage just behind the landing gear bulkhead. The rear fuselage was also canted up by three degrees to increase the angle of attack on takeoff and landing. The F-16XL could carry twice the payload of the F-16 on 27 hardpoints, and it had a 40% greater range due to an 82% increase in internal fuel carriage. The single-seat F-16XL first flew on 3 July 1982, followed by the two-seater on 29 October 1982. The F-16XL competed unsuccessfully with the F-15E Strike Eagle in the Enhanced Tactical Fighter (ETF) program; if it had won the competition, the production versions were to have been designated F-16E/F. Following the February 1984 selection announcement, both examples of the F-16XL were placed in flyable storage.

In late 1988, the two prototypes were taken out of storage and turned over to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for use in a program designed to evaluate aerodynamic concepts for improving laminar airflow over the wing during sustained supersonic flight. From 1989–99, both aircraft were used by NASA for several experimental research programs, and in 2007, NASA was considering returning the single-seat F-16XL to operational status for further aeronautical research.

Operators / Possible Liveries

Features that should be added

~Bonus Videos~

This is exactly how a #features topic should be made. Well done! I’ll get a vote out for this one!

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I absolutely love this feature request.
Part of me doesn’t want a reworked f16; the past year of development for Aerobatics would be useless with a new handling like
However this topic highlights such a wonderful aircraft and has earned a vote!

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@Nate_Schneller @Kirito_77

Thank you very much I do appreciate that!
Especially when having the amount of time I put in this post. Just the editing of the post itself did take about 4-5 hours. The time for research Not included!
😄

Make sure to check out all liveries. There are a couple cool ones in there (wich are obviously not ment for combat but for the aerobatic teams of there countries airforce) like the USAF Thunderbirds or the Netherlands/Singapore liveries.

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This post is amazing, love the detail.

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That’s why we love the F16 Falcon right?

You can perfectly see the active slat/flaps and the wingflex as well as obviously the afterburner and the opening canopy.

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This has my vote! Beautiful request

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Excellent request. Just make sure you flag the other similar requests so there are not multiple. Cheers!

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Very well put together request.

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FYI 'D’models can hold two crew. Usually either another qualified pilot or an instructor or evaluator pilot to over see check rides or quals on the primary pilot controlling the aircraft. Mission commanders will slot at least on D model based on maintenance availability to participate if a student or basic pilot is needing a qualifications check for either mission qual training (MQT) or basic qual (BAQ). Also one of my first incentive flights was on a D model FA16 =) general characteristics 1-2

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Yes that’s true! The B, D and F version are the two seater versions wich are mostly used for flight training or for giving a passenger a ride like in the video I did post (original request post). That’s an F16D.
By the way if you wanna have a quick summary of every version just look in the original post and click on the versions you are interested in.
I can really recommend to watch those two videos!

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You hit every aspect of the Viper. Best two years of my USAF career was with the men and women of the 80th FS at Kunsan AB. I miss working with the 16 dearly but who knows where my career will land me next. Great post again! Bumping this one for sure.

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Well wish you good luck that you get back working with the fighting 16😄.

I did found a quote wich does perfectly fit for the F16 Fighting Falcon.
It’s by Sun Tzu. For all of you who do not know who he is,… well he is the author of the most famous book about the art of war wich is called „The art of war“.

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Rest In Peace IFAF. (From 2sqn 206)

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It would be great to have this

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As the lead F16 Viper demo team pilot for IFAEGAF, I would love to have this be reworked!

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Very cool feature request! you got my vote!
It would be great to have the variants and different liveries; including the demo team graphics!

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Hoooly heck this is the best reguest i have ever seen
And that Denmark livery is definetly my favourite

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Wow already 21 votes! Thank you very much for your support!
Make sure to check out these three Italian special liveries for the F16.


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Another cool Belgian livery

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