The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft and it was originally created for the United States Air Force. Initially it was designed as an air superiority day fighter and it has now evolved into a highly successfully all-weather multi purpose aircraft. Production for the Falcon was approved in 1976 and over 4,500 aircrafts were built since then. Originally produced by General Dynamics, the manufacturing rights were given to Lockheed Martin when General Dynamics sold their business. Although they are no longer being purchased by the United States Air Force, improved versions of the Falcon are still being built for export customers.
The Fighting Falcon has several key features that lead to its exceptional service. Some of these features include a side-mounted control stick to allow for better maneuvering, a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, and the first recorded use of a relaxed static stability flight, which is used to make it a nimble aircraft. Inside of the F-16, there is a M61 Vulcan cannon and eleven locations for mounting weapons and other missing equipment. Along with active duty in the USAF and the Air National Guard, the Fighting Falcon has also been known to serve in the air forces of 25 other countries.