General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16CG Cockpit view
|Military aircraft, Fighter aircraft, Attack aircraft
|Retractable gear aircraft
|Single-engine jet (Jet aircraft, Single-engine aircraft)
|General Dynamics, Lockheed
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.
|Toggles speed brake
|Toggles FBW (fly by wire) override (F-16 Simplified)
|Decreases radar range
|Increases radar range
|Toggles radar standby mode
|Toggles next target
|Fires the cannon
|Toggles arrester hook
|Reset cockpit view
|View right MFD
|View left MFD and RWR
|Toggles refuel door
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.
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
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.
See F16/Development for the main article about this subject.
- Several ground bombing scenarios suitable for the F-16, involving moving and static tank formations, explodable M1 Abrams tanks, etc.
- Flightgear F-16 Manual
- F-16 A/B Flight manual (backup)
- F-16 C/D Flight manual (backup), supplement (backup), checklists (backup)