Interesting Facts About The F-16 Fighting Falcon

By: Air Force Veteran

The F-35 Program Is Keeping USAF F-16Cs In Use Longer

F-16 Falcon Departs
An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, takes off at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado on its way to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a deployment in support of the Theater Security Package.
Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer, U.S. Air Force

While the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to struggle to become the viable replacement for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the United States Air Force has realized its need to maintain a fleet of updated and capable aircraft. Consequently this led to a number of programs created specifically to keep this proven fighter updated with the latest avionics. One such program is the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) effecting F-16 block 40 – 52 fleet. According to Lockheed Martin, this program will keep these aircraft operable for decades to come.