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Watch Great Planes online: Episode 11 General Dynamics F-16 Falcon

In the 1970s, the U.S. Air Force faced a problem: it had developed what is arguably the greatest fighter plane in the world, the twin-engine F-15, but the aircraft was too costly to produce in volume, and Americas allies couldnt afford to buy many of them for their own arsenals. Out of this need came the powerful but economical single-engine F-16 Falcon.

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