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General Dynamics F-16 by Neil Lenard

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Acrylic on Board

Frame Size 26.25 ins (667 mm) by 22 ins (559 mm)

Image Size 20.375 ins (517 mm) by 15.5 ins (393 mm)

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

General Dynamics F-16 by Neil Lenard
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic multirolefighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) 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 in service.[5] Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. improved versions are being built for export.[6] In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation,[7] which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.[8]

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 the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system which helps to make it an agileaircraft. The F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for mounting weapons and other mission equipment. The F-16’s official name is “Fighting Falcon”, but “Viper” is commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Colonial Viper starfighter on Battlestar Galactica which aired at the time the F-16 entered service.[9][10]

It is on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard units, the aircraft is also used by the USAF aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and as an adversary/aggressor aircraft by the United States Navy. Sold to 25 countries.[11]As of 2015, it is the world’s most numerous fixed-wing aircraft in military service



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