F-16 Fighting Falcon

The primary fighter of a number of nations featured in FE@R, including the Netherlands, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is small, nippy and agile jet, if a tad short-legged. Developed in the 1970s by General Dynamics as a lightweight air superiority fighter, it has now become a highly capable multi-role aircraft, capable of carrying a wide variety of weaponry on its 11 hard points.

There are three primary versions of the fighter, with single and two-seater options:

  • F-16A/B: The original fighter version.
  • F-16C/D: An all-weather version. The Dutch F-16A/Bs have now been upgraded to this level as the F-16AM/BM.
  • F-16E/F: The most advanced version, informally called the Desert Falcon, specially developed for the UAE air force.

The official name of the aircraft is Fighting Falcon, but it is commonly referred to as "Viper" by its pilots, a reference to the starfighter from Battlestar Galactica.

Combat Advice

You are unlikely to engage an F-16 in combat.