Continued From Previous Page During Operation Allied Force, USAF F-16 multirole fighters flew a variety of missions to include suppression of enemy air defense, offensive counter air, defensive counter air, close air support and forward air controller missions. Mission results were outstanding as these fighters destroyed radar sites, vehicles, tanks, MiGs and buildings. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the F-16 has been a major component of the combat forces committed to the Global War on Terrorism flying thousands of sorties in support of operations Noble Eagle (Homeland Defense), Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom General Characteristics Primary Function: Multirole fighter Contractor: Lockheed Martin Corp. Power Plant: F-16C/D: one Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229 or General Electric F110-GE-100/129 Thrust: F-16C/D, 27,000 pounds Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches (9.8 meters) Length: 49 feet, 5 inches (14.8 meters) Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters) Weight: 19,700 pounds without fuel (8,936 kilograms) Maximum Takeoff Weight: 37,500 pounds (16,875 kilograms) Fuel Capacity: 7,000 pounds internal (3,175 kilograms); typical capacity, 12,000 pounds with two external tanks (5443 kilograms) Payload: Two 2,000-pound bombs, two AIM-9, two AIM-120 and two 2400- pound external fuel tanks Speed: 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at altitude) Range: More than 2,002 miles ferry range (1,740 nautical miles) Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet (15 kilometers) Armament: One M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds; external stations can carry up to six air-to-air missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to- surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods Crew: F-16C, one; F-16D, one or two Unit cost: F-16A/B , $14.6 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars); F-16C/D,$18.8 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars) Initial operating capability: F-16A, January 1979; F-16C/D Block 25-32, 1981; F-16C/D Block 40-42, 1989; and F-16C/D Block 50-52, 1994 Inventory: Total force, F-16C/D, 1018