Brief History

The F-16C Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. This aircraft is currently flown by the 179th FS of the 148th FW of the Minnesota Air National Guard in Duluth.



Manufacturer: General Dynamics
Designation: F-16
Version: C
Name: F-16C
Nickname: Fighting Falcon
Type: Milti-role Fighter


Fuselage Length: 49ft. 5in.
Wing Span: 32ft. 8in.
Height: 16ft. 0in.


Empty Weight: 18,238 lbs.
Max Takeoff Weight: 26,463 lbs.


Power Plant: 1 Pratt & Whitney F100-PW220 after-burning turbofan.
Horsepower: 14,590 lbs. thrust – 23,770 lbs. thrust with afterburners.


Range: 3,200 miles
Cruise Speed: NA
Max. Speed: 915 mph (at sea level – Mach 1.2) – 1,500 mph (at altitude – Mach 2+)
Ceiling: 51,800 ft. (combat) 50,000+ (service)


A varied range of weapons – guns, rockets, missiles and bombs. Package depends on operational mission.