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The F-16 FIghting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is the most common fighter jet in the world and for a good reason.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is the peak of engineering in jet aircrafts. Developed by General Dynamics and later sold to Lockheed Martin, this fighter jet was the gem of its time in aviation. Prominent for its speed, maneuverability, and versatility, it has been a well renowned staple across the world.

The body is mostly made from aluminum alloys with steel, titanium, composite and glass fiber parts. It is made to withstand the harsh weathers at its high ceiling of 50,000 feet in the air. It has a single jet engine which thrusts it at supersonic speeds of over 1,300 mph, making it a revolutionary production for the US Air Force in the mid-1970’s amidst the Cold War, being the most produced fighter jet for decades in the US.

Although the F-16 has staggering performance, it is most well known for its role with the Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds are a group of Air Force pilots who perform stunts in the air for people to watch. They main goal is to display the pride, skill, and professionalism that the US Air Force boasts. The Thunderbirds fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon because of its outstanding agility and sleek style.

In conclusion, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is an amazing production for the US Air Force, and is a staple in aviation as the most reliable fighter jet for its time, still being used today to shoot missiles, drop bombs, or even make a cool show for people to watch.




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