F-16 Facts - Including 2001 Crash In Southern Illinois

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

The Lockheed Martin F-16 'Fighting Falcon' is a single-seat, multi-role fighter.

We've seen these jets at the Evansville Freedom Festival air shows.

The F-16 is considered a no-frills 'hot rod', a lightweight Superjet with a low price tag, flown by many nations including Israel.

It has a maximum speed of 1,320 miles per hour, or Mach 2.05. The service ceiling is 50,000 feet. It's armed with a 20 mm cannon, air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry.

In July of 2001, another F-16 jet from the same fighter wing crashed in southern Illinois. The jet crashed into a cornfield near the Richland-Edwards County line. The pilot ejected, parachuted to the ground and walked to a nearby home to report what had happened.

There were three F-16s involved in a training exercise when this one went down.