Our F-16 Scrapbook Series, Part 1: U.S. Operators


The first official flight of the General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon occurred on February 2, 1974. An unplanned hop occurred a few days earlier, during taxi testing, but that’s a story to be told later. Originally designed as a “lightweight fighter” to complement the heavier McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, the single-engined fighter is still in production today. That encompasses more than 4,600 F-16s produced, and operated by more than two dozen countries. The F-16 has been built in at least six variants, in both single and twin seat configurations.

The United States is the largest operator by number, and here is a collection of U.S. operated aircraft. Three more scrapbooks will follow… covering non-U.S. operators, aggressor and special test operators, and a colorful look at special paint schemes worn by several jets from around the world.

Joe Kates

Joe Kates is the founder of Photorecon. Joe has been into aviation since he was a child and has a incredible amount of knowledge to do with planes or aviation in general. Today Joe is the owner and Managing Editor of Photorecon.

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