F-16 Fighting Falcon Spotted in Tampa (January 2020)

This is an F-16 Fighting Falcon that I saw in Tampa in January of 2020. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a fourth generation multirole fighter that was originally made by General Dynamics between 1973 and 1993. Production shifted over to the Lockheed Corporation in 1993, and then to Lockheed Martin in 1995 after a merger between the Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta. The first official flight took place on February 2, 1974. The jet entered service on August 17, 1978. The primary user of the F-16 is the US Air Force, though some are also used by the Air National Guard and the Thunderbirds along with several other air forces around the world. The engine is a Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 afterburning turbofan that produces 17,800 pounds of dry thrust (29,160 with the afterburner). The empty weight is 18,900 pounds, the gross weight is 26,500 pounds, and the maximum takeoff weight is 42,300 pounds. The maximum speed of the F-16 is Mach 2.

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