You’ve probably heard about the F-16 before. It’s a pretty popular aircraft and if you live in Sioux Falls you have almost certainly heard the F-16 flying above the skies.
It’s often the first jet to be scrambled in the event of a national emergency. On September 11, F-16s were scrambled to defend the country.
You may recall F-16 being used in the 1999 crash of Learjet 35 near Aberdeen. An F-16 was used to inspect PGA golfer Payne Stewart’s unresponsive plane.
The F-16 has been flying in Sioux Falls since 1991. It is a powerful aircraft. It’s fast. It can fly in all weather. It can withstand up to nine times the force of gravity. And it’s expensive… each aircraft costs around $19 million.
According to Air Force safety data, there have been 337 destroyed F-16s since the program started.