The US Air Force F-16, known in the fighter pilot community as the “Viper”, is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. The F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius exceeds that of all potential threat fighter aircraft.
The F-16’s official name is “Fighting Falcon”, but “Viper” is commonly used by its pilots and crews, due to a perceived resemblance to a viper snake. Falcon or Viper, it’s the same badboy U.S. Air Force asskicker.
Which name do you like better for the U.S. Air Force F-16, Viper or Falcon? Sound off and share your opinion and comments in the section below.