The F-16 Fighting Falcon is the USAF’s premier multi-role fighter jet. Capable of air-to-air missions as well as ground attack and bombing operations, the F-16 is the workhorse of an air campaign. F-16’s flew thousands of sorties during the Gulf War, operations in the Balkans, and the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. F-16’s are fast, maneuverable, and adept at dogfighting – the F-16 can handle 9G’s of turning force, making them one of the most agile fighter jets in existence. F-16’s can carry 6 air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-120 long range AMRAAM, and the AIM-9 heat-seeking Sidewinder missile. Radar capable of detecting threats 100 miles away, laser-guided smart bombs, Maverick Air-to-Ground missiles, and a 20mm automatic cannon round out the F-16’s fearsome capabilities.
F-16 Flight Sims
F-16’s are very popular; many flight simulations include them, and several focus on the F-16 entirely. The most well-known is Falcon 4.0: Allied Force, which is a hardcore, 100% realistic simulation of exactly what it’s like to fly an F-16 in combat. Another way to play Falcon 4.0 is to download this version of the game and then use the Benchmark Sims addon for improved graphics and realism.
If you want a less extreme simulation, you can fly the F-16 in Flight Simulator X with the F-16 Fighting Falcon addon. A fun, but not very realistic F-16 flight sim is Ace Combat: Skies Unknown, an arcade-style game which is very entertaining to play, although hardcore flight sim pilots may turn up their nose at it.