Attempting to tell the full story of the F-16 in a few short paragraphs is an impossible task. Our intention here, following a brief introduction, is to list and summarize all current USAF fighter, test and training wings which operate the Viper, and to illustrated each unit with a captioned, thumb nailed photo. On the right are links to each section.
Currently the most numerous military aircraft in service with the United States Air Force, and in abundant use with foreign air arms throughout the world, the F-16 is the most successful jet fighter since the superlative McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II.
The F-16 was conceived from General Dynamics response to the USAF requirement for a low-cost air superiority fighter, the LWF (Lightweight Fighter).
|Capt. Robert D. Kosciusko , "Koz" of the 78th FS, 20th FW prepares to start his Block 50D F-16C at Shaw AFB in October 1999 leading a four-ship training mission as "King 51".|
|© Kevin Jackson|
The real strength of the United States Air Force is the depth of its reserve forces, with crews now with up to twenty years and thousands of flight hours experience of Viper operations.
Still in production at the dawn of the Twenty First Century, now under the banner of Lockheed Martin, and with fifth generation fighter programmes such as the F-22 Raptor and the Joint Strike Fighter suffering ever spiralling complexity and costs, the F-16 is set to dominate the air combat arena for many years to come...Long live the Viper.
|77 FS "Gamblers" F-16C 91-0353 sporting a MiG-29 kill as well as five HARM shots achieved while the aircraft was part of the 78th EFS, 31st Air Expeditionary Wing at Aviano AB in Italy during Allied Force. The Yugoslavian MiG-29 was shot down by an AIM-120B AMRAAM on May 4th 99 by a pilot with the call sign "Dog".|
|© Kevin Jackson|
This Profile would not have been possible to do without the photographic assistance of the many photographers who allowed us to use their slides. Therefore we would like to offer our thanks to:
Alec Fushi (Flightline Photography), Don Logan, Doug Slowiak (Vortex Photo Graphics), Brian C Rogers, Daniel Soulaine, Jerry Geer, Matt Geer, Philippe Colin, Craig Baldwin, Kevin Jackson, Peter Rolt, Jarrod Wilkening, Bruce Trombecky, Fred Krause, Tom Kaminski, Duncan Adams, Steve Hill (EMCS), Kevin Patrick and Robert Greby.
|USAF & Navy '99 (Mach III plus publication)||World Air Power Journal (various issues)|
|349 Net website||USMIL (Aviation Associates)|
|J.Baugher's Serial website (F-16 Production lists)||MIL-SPOTTERS Forum|