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The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: F-16A/B/C/D Fighting Falcon

The F-16A Fighting Falcon. (Courtesy photo)

The F-16A Fighting Falcon. (Courtesy photo)

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin

Function: Multirole Fighter

Service Date: 1979

Speed: 1,500 mph

Crew: One (A/C), Two (B/D)

Production: 2,206 Inventory: 1,018

Commentary: A versatile, low-cost multirole fighter originally designed as a daylight air superiority
fighter. Later versions specialized in suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), and air-to-surface attack. Over 2,000 F-16 are used in 24 countries.