The F-16C Fighting Falcon (also nicknamed “Viper” by its pilots) is a supersonic, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,600 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976.
The Fighting Falcon’s key features include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, an ejection seat reclined 30 degrees from vertical to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system which helps to make it an agile aircraft. The F-16 was the first fighter aircraft purpose-built to pull 9-g maneuvers and can reach a maximum speed of over Mach 2.
F-16s have participated in numerous conflicts, most of them in the Middle East. The Viper is one of the most successful export fighters ever built and has been operated by various air forces around the world including the United States, Israel, South Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, Greece, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Romania, Slovakia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Morocco, Venezuela, and Chile. Its popularity among operators is certainly not a sheer coincidence.
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Table of Contents
PART 1 – INTRODUCTION
PART 2 – CONTROLS SETUP
PART 3 – COCKPIT & EQUIPMENT
PART 4 – START-UP PROCEDURE
PART 5 – TAXI & TAKEOFF
PART 6 – LANDING
PART 7 – ENGINE & FUEL MANAGEMENT
PART 8 – FLIGHT & AERODYNAMICS
PART 9 – HOTAS
PART 10 – RADAR & SENSORS
PART 11 – OFFENCE: WEAPONS & ARMAMENT
PART 12 – DEFENCE: RWR & COUNTERMEASURES
PART 13 – DATALINK & IFF
PART 14 – RADIO TUTORIAL
PART 15 – FLIGHT CONTROLS & AUTOPILOT
PART 16 – NAVIGATION & ILS LANDING
PART 17 – AIR-TO-AIR REFUELING
PART 18 – OTHER RESOURCES
Last Updated: 18/03/2021
-18/03/2021: Updated HMCS logic for radar lock
-21/12/2020: Updated Maverick section to include Boresighting procedure (BSGT)
-8/11/2020: Updated HARM missile range table
-19/10/2020: Updated targeting pod section with new modes and functions (Snowplow, Cursor Zero, Air-to-Air mode, etc.), Revised existing weapon procedures using the targeting pod, Added Maverick air-to-ground missile weapon tutorials, Added HARM anti-radiation missile weapon tutorial (HAS mode), Fixed typos and mistakes
-11/05/2020: Initial Release