The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon has been described as an awesome fighter, aggressive, sexy, and elegant. You can add resourceful to that list. Currently the second most common operational military aircraft in the world, the Falcon was originally designed as an air superiority day fighter for the U.S. Air Force in 1973. Since then it has evolved into an all-weather multirole aircraft, with over 4,500 aircraft having been built since production was initially approved.
It has also been one of the most successful fighters wherever it has been called into action. This includes the relatively recently concluded Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), or the Iraqi War. It’s capable to achieve up to Mach 2 speeds. And that’s exactly what this insane and courageous pilot did during OIF, at low level altitude, to create and use a sonic boom as a weapon against enemy positions to save combat troops and escape enemy’s surface-to-air missiles.
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