The General Dynamics F-16 "Fighting Falcon" is the current main fighter for the U.S. Airforce, serving alongside the F-35 "Lightning II" and the F-22 "Raptor" It was first flown in January of 1974, one year before end of the Vietnam War, but was first introduced in August of 1978. It is regarded as a highly maneuverable and versatile plane. it serves 25 other nations, including Japan, as a license built copy.
The Fighting Falcon comes with an M-61 "Vulcan" gatling gun, that fires many rounds, from normal 20 mm rounds, to armor piercing rounds, and depleted uranium. It's explosives include a JSOW-E Cruise missile, Super Side Winder missiles, Mk. 20 "Rockeye" cluster bombs, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, AMRAAM medium range missiles, and GBU-28 ground penetrating bombs.
The plane can be upgraded to have a better radar, a booster, and a weapons reload system timing decrease. It also comes with flares that can temporarily defer oncoming missiles.
The plane has a good top speed, a good turn rate, and a great weapons arsenal, it is recommended to purchase this plane later in the game. The weapons have a good amount of ammunition, and the booster can quickly get the user out of sticky situations.