F-16B, a two-seat model, has tandem cockpits that are about the same size as the
one in the A model. Its bubble canopy extends to cover the second cockpit. To
make room for the second cockpit, the forward fuselage fuel tank and avionics
growth space were reduced. During training, the forward cockpit is used by a
student pilot with an instructor pilot in the rear cockpit.
F-16s delivered since November 1981 have built-in structural and wiring
provisions and systems architecture that permit expansion of the multirole
flexibility to perform precision strike, night attack and beyond-visual-range
interception missions. This improvement program led to the F-16C and F-16D
aircraft, which are the single- and two-place counterparts to the F-16A/B, and
incorporate the latest cockpit control and display technology. All active units
and many Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units have converted to the
F-16 is being built under an unusual agreement creating a consortium between the
United States and four NATO countries: Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and
Norway. These countries jointly produced with the United States an initial 348
F-16s for their air forces. Final airframe assembly lines were located in
Belgium and the Netherlands. The consortium's F-16s are assembled from
components manufactured in all five countries.
also provides final assembly of the F100 engine used in the European F-16s. The
long term benefits of this program will be technology transfer among the nations
producing the F-16, and a common-use aircraft for NATO nations. This program
increases the supply and availability of repair parts in Europe and improves the
F-16's combat readiness.
USAF F-16 multi-mission fighters were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm, where more sorties were flown than with any other aircraft. These fighters were used to attack airfields, military production facilities, Scud missiles sites and a variety of other targets.
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