F-16 Fighting Falcon: Still One Of The Top Jet Fighters In The World
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is one of the only top jet fighters in the world to also be cost-effective. Fast and extremely agile, the light fighter does have some shortcomings in range and payload compared to larger twin-engine fighters like the F-15 Eagle, but that was easy to forgive due to costing less than half as much.
By one count, the Falcon has shot down seventy-six enemy aircraft. F-16 currently remains the most popular aircraft in modern military service: out of 4,500 produced, nearly 2,700 currently remain in service in around twenty-six countries. Needless to say, the cutting-edge fourth-generation fighter of the 1980s will remain with us for a good while longer.