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Planes and Choppers
No: 6   Contributor: Marcel Sloover   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: Fokker (Netherlands)   Country: The Netherlands

Two F-16A fighter jets ready for take-off. The picture is made on a sunny day at the Volkel Airforce base in the Netherlands. The jets are going on a training flight.
The Dutch F-16 are built in the Netherlands by the Fokker factory.

General Characteristics.

Primary Function: Multirole fighter.

Builder: General Dynamics Corp.

Power Plant: F-16A/B -- one Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200 turbofan engine with afterburner; F-16C/D -- one Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200/220 or General Electric F110-GE-100 turbofan engine with afterburner.

Thrust: F-16A/B, 24,000 pounds(10,800 kilograms); F-16C/D, 27,000 pounds(12,150 kilograms).

Length: 49 feet, 5 inches (14.8 meters).

Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters).

Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches (9.8 meters).

Speed: 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at sea level).

Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet (15 kilometers)

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 37,500 pounds (16,875 kilograms).

Range: More than 2,000 miles ferry range (1,740 nautical miles)

Armament: One M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds; external stations can carry up to six AIM-9 infrared missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods.

Unit cost: F-16A/B: $9.5 million; F-16 C/D: $12.8 million.

Crew: F-16A/B: one; F-16C/D: two.

Date Deployed: January 1979.

Inventory: Active force, 804; Air National Guard, 634; Reserve, 150.
Picture added on 28 November 2005
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