F-16, also called Fighting Falcon, single-seat, single-engine jet fighter built by the General Dynamics Corporation for the United States and dozens of other countries. The origination of the f-16 was when an order was placed in 1972 for a lightweight cost-effective air-to-air fighter. The F-16 is 49 feet (15 meters) long and has a wingspan of 31 feet (9.45 meters). It is powered by a General Electric turbofan engine,which, with after burning, can generate 23,000 to 29,000 pounds of thrust, accelerating the aircraft to more than twice the Speed of sound. The weaponry of this aircraft includes a 20-mm rotary cannon as well as attachments under the wings and uses the main body (fuselage) for varieties of bombs and missiles. The fully loaded F-16 can weigh up to 23,000 pounds. The body of F-16 widens at a point with the aluminum-alloy wings, giving the aircraft a higher stability at a steep angle.

-Sushank Chhetri

Grade 10

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