General Dynamics (Lockheed)
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Airframe details versions F-16A / MLU / F-16C
last update June, 2016  


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This page will show you photos of the real F-16, most are from Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu) planes but also some others.
Also many detail pictures are provided for scale modellers!

Photos: Meindert de Vreeze.
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Royal Netherlands AF (KLu) F-16 MLU aircraft

F-16A MLU (referred to F-16AM), code J-015, serial 89-0015


F-16A MLU (referred to F-16AM), code J-138, serial 85-0138


same F-16A MLU (referred to F-16AM), code J-138, serial 85-0138 with open canopy

note tail fairing on Klu F-16A MLU with additional equipment and parachute pack installed here
Systems, avionics, hatches and bays

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pitot tube on a F-16A MLU

Radar homing warning sensor "fairing" aft of the nose. The static tube is covered by a red protecting bulb.


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air brake area F-16A MLU
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view looking inside the older style airbrake

stabilizer hinge area (stabilizer removed)


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APG-66 radar 

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F-16A avionics bay; the equipment varies between variants; 

 


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Landing gear and bays

later F-16C versions got thicker wheels and "bulged" main gear doors;
Style II main wheels with rectangular vent holes
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F-16C nose gear; note the landing lights now located on the nose door


F-16A details

old style F-16 main gear and wheels; the main gear door is simple and has no "bulge" as compared to the later F-16 variants like the F-16C

Greek F-16C gear


Belgian F-16A MLU gear; older style "thin" wheels (recognizable as they have not so many vent holes)

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F-16A without lights on the door
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MLU upgrade had the main landing lights moved to the  nose gear door (as on later style F-16 variants like the F-16C);  
the lights were moved to enable FLIR pods to be carried on the forward lower fuselage sides.

Hatches and airframe
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instructional airframe details: bay looking forward into the air intake duct
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hydrazine tank of the Emergency Power Unit (EPU)
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avionics and bays with various fuse boxes
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danger...hydrazine!

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avionics bays on an old F-16, some boxes are removed

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bay aft of radar nose 

F-16A details (instructional airframe), with older style "small"  intake; 

F-16A, note the landing light inside the main landing gear door

radar system (on training airframe)

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Vulcan canon installation (training airframe) with large ammo drum
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.  view of the canon itself

F-16 with the later style gun vent port (with "2" holes)


another view with the EPU 

F-16A

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a "training" F-16 airframe for maintenance personnel

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 refuelling system area


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Cockpit area
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Klu F-16A canopy, note cross section; the Advanced IFF antenna strakes between the nose and wind shield are not seen, so this is not an upgraded F-16A MLU
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canopy tints/ colours may vary!


canopy MLU with probably a pilot helm detection sensor for the night vision goggles seen extending above the lower edge.

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F-16A cockpit, before MLU re-fitting; note the earlier style flight stick (3 knobs seen) on the right hand side; 
MLU upgrades included the newer style 4 knob flight stick, amongst other instruments and displays. 
A MLU (mid life update) type cockpit is also much darker with black interior to avoid a pilot flying with night vision goggles to be "blinded"
 


Royal Netherlands AF F-16 cockpit 

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MLU F-16A instrument cover area (cover removed for maintenance)
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aft of the ejection seat, the MLU has a darker colour at the bulkhead
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ACES II seat shown of Royal Netherlands AF F-16; the two sensing pitots on the head rest are seen also 
(on some other ACES II seats these are retracted and deploy after ejection only)


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F-16A MLU, with the Advanced IFF antenna strakes between the nose and windshield ; 
note the static probe at mid radar nose is removed for maintenance; also the upgraded landing lights installation on the nose door is seen

KLu F-16A , code J-219, serial 78-0219; this is still a F-16A and used as instructional airframe at Leeuwarden air base

F-16A MLU

 F-16A  MLU , code J-616 


F-16A MLU with normal older style Head Up Display (HUD); 
note the helmet sensors on the inside edges of the canopy.


hatch to load the ammo drum


Norway AF F-16
 
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F-16BM two seater of the Norway AF
tail


note:  no search light on left side of nose


Belgian Air Force F-16A MLU


  Belgian AF tail, with F100 engine exhaust
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  tailbase also seen with the "Belgian" RAPPORT ECM system (this was later replaced as it never worked); also note small intake tube.

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 tail of Belgian F-16A MLU 


Belgian AF stabilizer;

older style "thin" wheel hub
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Maverick missile and probably "dummy" Sidewinders missiles; on wing tip an AMRAAM missile

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Portuguese F-16

F-16A with Sidewinder on wing tip and 370 gallon fuel tanks below wings;

 note "flat area in the middle" in the standard two seater canopy; the search light seen is typical on Portuguese F-16's (also on Norwegian F-16's seen)

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pretty standard rear tail end on this F-16A


F-16A 

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Sidewinder AIM-9; the blue lines indicate it is an inert missile 

 pylon on Portuguese F-16

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Sidewinder AIM-9


 

Greek AF F-16

probably a Greek F-16DM , with also the thicker wheels and an antenna on the dorsal fin

    travel pod

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F-16D with GE F110 engine which is more powerful than the older F100 engine; they have a bigger air intake and different afterburner nozzles than earlier F-16's;
Note: on some Hellenic F-16A, on the right tail base fairing a ECM antenna is often seen. 

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F-16C at Paris Le Bourget air show; 
This F-16 variant and later ones differ from earlier F-16 types (A/B)
- the more squared and thicker tailfin base as compared to an earlier block F-16;
- the GE F110 engine; 
- a bigger air intake and different afterburner nozzles; 
- gear load allowed is larger, so thicker wheels and bulged main wheel doors were also added. 

Note that this F-16C has no IFF strakes between radar nose and windshield. 


KLu test F-16B Orange Jumper

   F-16B, J-066  testflight of Royal Netherlands AF ( KLu). "Orange Jumper"
 

    F-16B, J-066 "Orange Jumper" 
 
 


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Test aircraft used by Royal Netherlands Air Force with the NLR for various testing purposes.
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 camera below tail

LANTIRN test pod

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NOTE: also single seater Dutch F-16AM planes were used for test flights


another test pod seen below the fuselage

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 test pitot nick named "viagra"

standard 370 gallon tanks also carry equipment 

AMRAAM seen in wingtip (inert)

AMRAAM on wing tip

probably a GUBU-32 training bomb between fuel tank and outboard pylon 

the blue missile is probably a radar reflector missile so the F-16 is seen earlier using civil radars

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Engine details 

 Pratt & Whitney F100 engine, as fitted in the first F-16 variant *(other variants like many F-16C and later versions got the GE F110 engine); they have a bigger air intake and different afterburner nozzles

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F-16A MLU engine details of the F100 engine

good view of the engine maintenance and removal dolly 

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F100 exhaust

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F100 in rotating jig for maintenance

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Weapons and loaders

probably a GBU-16 Paveway (here inert bomb)
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GBU-24 Paveway III (inert)

GBU JDAM (inert)

LANTIRN pod


Smoke Sidewinder ?

wing 370 gallon fuel tank

practice bomb system on Dutch F-16

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Vulcan gun loading system


Recon pod on a foreign F-16C

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F-16 with the later style gun vent port (with "2" holes)

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M61 Vulcan canon with six barrels

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  loading system 

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