General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

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General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
F16CJ50 WildWeasel.png
F-16CG Cockpit view
F-16CG Cockpit view
Type Military aircraft, Fighter aircraft, Attack aircraft
Configuration Retractable gear aircraft
Propulsion Single-engine jet (Jet aircraft, Single-engine aircraft)
Manufacturer General Dynamics, Lockheed
  • Erik Hofman
  • Martin "Pegasus" Schmitt
  • Pensacola
  • Nikolai V. Chr.
  • J Maverick 16
  • Richard Harrison
  • Josh Davidson
  • Martien Van Der Plas
  • Jonathan Redpath
  • Gary Brown
  • Justin Nicholson
  • Enrico Castaldi
  • Timi
  • Barszczisbad
  • Baptiste Campion
  • LJQCN101
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Status Production
 FDM Stars-5.png
 Systems Stars-4.png
 Cockpit Stars-4.png
 Model Stars-4.png
Supports Mid-air refueling Canvas Checklists
 Website The website for the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon developments.
 Repository The development repository of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Download Download the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
Liveries Browse the FlightGear livery database for the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Forum 'General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon' topic on the FlightGear forum.
License GPLv2+

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (nicknamed Viper by pilots) is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft by General Dynamics, exported to many countries. Designed as an air superiority day fighter for the US Air Force, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. 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.

Keyboard Controls

Flight Controls

Key Function
Ctrl+B Toggles speed brake
Delete Toggles FBW (fly by wire) override (F-16 Simplified)
Delete Toggles MPO


Key Function
Shift+E Decreases radar range
Shift+R Increases radar range
R Toggles radar standby mode
Y Toggles next target


Key Function
E Fires the cannon
Q Chaff/flare
M Master arm
W Cycle weapon


Key Function
Ctrl+H Toggles arrester hook
Shift+C Toggles canopy
Q Reset cockpit view
Ctrl+Q View right MFD
Shift+W View left MFD and RWR
F Toggles refuel door
Shift+S Toggle smoke
U Seat up
Shift+U Seat down


Canvas HUD


The F-16 has a canvas Head-Up Display This is a link to a Wikipedia article.

Air-to-air refueling


The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon supports in-flight refueling. You need to start a specific scenario or do that in multiplayer to get a tanker aircraft. See Howto:Aerial refueling for more information. Also look on the box at the bottom of the page.

Aircraft carrier


Although the Viper wasn't designed for maritime operations, there is the possibility to start from and land on a carrier. You can toggle the arrester hook with Ctrl+H. There are several Aircraft carrier available. How to set it up start your aircraft there is described in Howto:Carrier. If you fly in multiplayer mode see Carrier over MP

F-16 taxiing to parking at LIPA after landing on rwy 05 with home livery
The RNLAF J015-demo livery of the F-16

Video tutorials

New to fighter aircraft

If you have never flown an aircraft like this one before (Just light planes or airliners), crashed it before landing or just are not sure, how to land a right way; there is an article A-4F Skyhawk Operations Manual by Andy Ross. Although is written for the Douglas A-4 most of the information contain general stuff about fly delta wing aircraft, about stall, AoA and landing maneuver and applies to the F-16 too.

A full spherical panorama of the f-16 cockpit

Development Status

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External link